[Benjamin Steiner’s tattoo told the terrible truth of his childhood. Photo: Stephen Robinson]
Benjamin Steiner died in Auckland last week at the age of 81, and as Mark Jennings writes on Newsroom this week, his life story was unique in many ways.
Benjamin Steiner cut a distinctive figure with his dapper clothes, trilby hat and twinkly eyes. But belying that appearance, his body covered in scars and the number A-421734 tattooed on his left forearm, was a terrible truth.
Winston Churchill once described the treatment of Hungarian Jews as the “greatest and most horrible crime ever committed in the whole history of the world...”.
Yad Vashem, says that between May 15 and July 9 1944, about 430,000 Hungarian Jews were deported, mainly to Auschwitz, where most were gassed on arrival. In total, 580,000 Hungarian Jews perished.
To read Mark Jennings' full article - The man who survived Dr Mengele’s experiments - go to https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@news/2017/04/09/18701/surviving-dr-mengele.
* Mark Jennings' article contains parts of an interview Benjamin Steiner gave to Auckland journalist Keren Cook.