Frank Stiffel

Stiffel was born in Austro-Hugnarian Galicia. He grew up as a young Jew in the then Polish City of Lwow. In 1942, he and his family were deported to the Death Camp of Treblinka, from which he escaped, only to be apprehended a few months later. He served time in Gestapo jails and in the concentration camp of Auschwitz, until the Red Army liberated the camp in 1945. Soon, he left Poland, leading a 20-person group of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, first to Romania, then to Italy.