Death of Kazimierz Smolen

April 19, 1920 - January 27, 2012
Oswiecim, Germany | Age 91

Auschwitz survivor dies in Oswiecim on anniversary
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VANESSA GERA, The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Kazimierz Smolen, a 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor — who after World War II became director of the memorial site — died Friday on the 67th anniversary of the camp's liberation.

Smolen passed away in a hospital in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town where Nazi Germany operated Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II, said Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum.

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