Matricule A-16689 - Claude Hirsch
Claude Hirsch was born 1931 into an Alsatian Jewish family; Fleeing persecution, the Hirsches were arrested in Lyon by the French militia. They were transferred to Drancy, then deported June 30,1944 to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
On getting off the train, Claude’s mother had the presence of mind to lie about the age of her son. That saved his life. Claude was assigned to forced labour in the Auschwitz III-Monowitz camp. His father was murdered on arrival, his mother perished a few weeks later.
In January 1945, as the Soviet troops advanced, the Auschwitz camp and its commanders were evacuated to embark on the "death marches". Claude travelled via Buchenwald and Dora before being sent to Nordhausen. There he was liberated by American forces. On returning to France, he learned that his parents did not survive.