Last Auschwitz liberator David Dushman died at the age of 98

David Dushman at a memorial ceremony in Berlin in 2015.

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Munich – The last surviving liberator of the Auschwitz concentration camp, David Dushman, died at the age of 98. According to the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München (IKG), Dushman died on Saturday night in a Munich hospital. On the occasion of his last birthday he was made an honorary member of the IKG.

David Dushman came from the former Soviet Union and fought as a tank driver in the Battle of Stalingrad, among others. On January 27, 1945, at the age of 21, he rolled down the fence of the Auschwitz concentration camp in a Red Army tank.

After the war he trained as a fencing coach for the women’s national team of the Soviet Union from 1952 to 1988. He also witnessed the terrorist attack on the Israeli team in the 1972 Olympic attack in Munich. As a contemporary witness, he later appeared in schools and told his story.

On the occasion of his 95th birthday, Charlotte Knobloch, the President of the IKG, summed up: “What physical and mental pain you had to suffer, but also what great things you have achieved and what extraordinary successes you have been able to celebrate – that is actually enough for three lives”, so it can be found on the website of the IKG. (APA/dpa/lby)