AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR: "I REMEMBER THE FIRST ONE THERE"
By Frank Milewski
March 15, 2004
The pen of history has written the name of Stanislaw Ryniak on its pages. His claim to fame is
something none of us would ever want.
Before he made the history books there was another pen and another book. It was a German
pen - a Nazi pen. It wrote his name on what was known as the hauptbuch, the official registry
of prisoners who were condemned to Auschwitz.
Stanislaw Ryniak's was the first name there. There were many more after his. You may find it
hard to believe he wasn't Jewish. He was Polish, a Polish Catholic.
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