Jerzy Bogusz died on 25th September 2016. He was ninety-four years old and was one the few Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors still living. He arrived at the camp with the first transport of Polish political prisoners on 14th June 1940.
A native of Nowy Sącz, Jerzy Bogusz was arrested in the spring of 1940 for his activities against the German invaders of Poland. Following brutal interrogation and detainment in the Tarnów prison, he was issued the prison number 61 and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau with a group of 728 prisoners in what is now known as the “first transport”.
He was released after two years in the camp. He resumed his activities as a Home Army soldier and joined the 1st Podhale Rifles Regiment. When the war ended, Jerzy Bogusz completed his studies at the Kraków University of Technology and continued a life-long academic career.