Krakow, 1942. Willy Lermer was just 19 years old when he was sent to work in the notorious Plaszow Labour Camp. Here, under the command of the vicious Nazi Amon Goeth, he endured back-breaking labour, illness and starvation.
In 1944, Willy was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He worked as a slave labourer for four months beside the gas chambers and crematoria, surviving on a diet of clear soup and guard brutality before being transferred to Dachau. On liberation, he was barely alive, weighing just 38 kilos. His entire family had been murdered in Belzec death camp.