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Lancaster County Jewish Man Admits he made up Auschwitz Story

Dr. Joseph Hirt displays his tattoo serial number during a recent assembly at Lower Dauphin High School. PHOTO:

By Lindsey Blest | 24 June 2016

(LANCASTER ONLINE) — An Adamstown man who has claimed for many years that he escaped from Auschwitz now says he was never in the concentration camp and apologized for saying he was.

“I was wrong. I ask forgiveness,” Joseph Hirt, 91, wrote in a letter delivered to LNP Wednesday evening.

“I am writing today to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz. I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally involved,” Hirt wrote. …

Hirt’s story was brought into question a few weeks ago by history teacher Andrew Reid, a New York man who was born and raised in Lancaster County. …

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