• Born in Lodz, Poland 1928.
  • Father was a tailor before the war.
  • Lived in Lodz Ghetto until 1944. Father worked in textile factories that were set up by Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski in ghetto.
  • Mother worked in bread bakery. Often smuggled home bread crumbs to feed her children
  • Nathan and other children worked in artillery factories in ghetto. Because their hands were small, they were able to clean inside of artillery shells.
  • One brother died of pneumonia in ghetto
  • In September, 1942, the Judenrat of the ghetto were ordered to give the Nazis 20,000 small children, sick and old people for transport. Many parents refused. Nathan’s parents hid their 8 month old baby and 2 young daughters. The Gestapo entered the ghetto and searched for young children. A Nazi officer entered the Burzinski’s room and threatened to take the 2 daughters if the baby wasn’t given to them. The baby was taken by the Nazis and sent on the cattle cars to Auschwitz.
  • Nathan, his parents, and two sisters were on the last transport from Lodz in August of 1944 to Auschwitz.
  • When they arrived, they stood before Mengele for a “Selection.”
  • Nathan’s two sisters were sent to their deaths, while Nathan and his parents were sent to work. Nathan’s mother chose to stay with her daughters. The three were sent directly to the gas chambers.
  • Nathan and his father survived 6 months in Auschwitz. Nathan was often forced to carry bodies to the crematorium.
  • In 1945, a missile hit near Nathan’s barrack. He and other prisoners ran toward the surrounding forests.
  • Nathan and his father walked to Lodz (a 2 ½ hour ride by car) where they did not find any survivors from their family.
  • After some time in a DP camp in Germany, they arrived in the U.S.
  • Nathan was drafted into the U.S. army and sent to Germany as an interpreter.