Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Commemoration events are being held here and throughout the world to pay respect to those who died, and those who survived the horrors of the camps.
One who did survive Auschwitz was Benjamin Steiner. He avoided the gas chamber but endured numerous experiments, operations, and drugs as a patient of the notorious Josef Mengele. He was born in Hungary and was taken to Auschwitz when he was eight years old. Benjamin now lives in Auckland and will be speaking at commemoration events today.
Benjamin Steiner shared some memories from that time with Simon Mercep.