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Old 06-20-2019, 02:17 AM
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June 20, 1942: Kazimierz Piechowski and three others, dressed as members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, steal an SS staff car and escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp.

After the collapse of Polish resistance to the German invasion, Piechowski and a friend, Boy Scouts, were captured by the German occupiers in his hometown of Tczew and impressed into a work gang. Polish Boy Scouts were among the groups targeted by the Gestapo and the Selbstschutz. They escaped and attempted to get to France to join the free Polish Army. While crossing the border into Hungary they were captured by a German patrol. After several imprisonments they wound up in Auschwitz.

On the morning of June 20, 1942, exactly two years after his arrival, Piechowski and three others escaped from Auschwitz 1. They went to the warehouse in which the uniforms and weapons were stored, arming themselves with four machine-guns and eight grenades.

They left the main Auschwitz camp through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate. With the car stopped, Piechowski opened the door and leaned out enough for the guard to see his rank insignia and yelled at him to open the gate. The gate opened and the four drove off.

After the war he attended the Gdańsk University of Technology and became an engineer, and then found work in Pomerania. He was denounced to the communist authorities for being a member of the Home Army and sentenced to 10 years in prison; he served 7.

Piechowski died on December 15, 2017, aged 98.