The 91-year-old has written a lengthy letter of apology to the local media
By Andrew Buncombe | 24 June 2016
THE INDEPENDENT — During the years Joseph Hirt visited his local schools, he would talk to the pupils about the horrors endured by those sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.
So many people died, so many suffered. Those who survived – such as himself – were lucky.
His stories were powerful, moving. The only problem is that they were not based on first hand experience, as he had claimed. This week, the 91-year-old admitted in a 15-page letter sent to the local media, that he was never a prisoner at the camp, where an estimated 1.1 million people died. […]