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Anton Mruk: From Auschwitz to the Vatican

The Zone of Interest, the Academy Award-winning film that pictures the murderous hatred which eliminated several million Jews and others in Auschwitz by focusing on the commandant Rudolf Höss, his family and his home, has brought back memories of a wonderful Polish friend. Arrested on November 10, 1939, Anton Mruk (November 21, 1914–June 20, 2009) was among the first prisoners confined in what was to become the extermination camp of Auschwitz. He was tattooed with the number 898. At the time he belonged to the Jesuit order, but had not yet completed his studies and been ordained a priest. In…

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