First lie Saves Boy's Life at Auschwits

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A man saved his own live while watching every member of his family die at Auschwitz in 1944. Leslie Kleinman, 88, says when he was 14 he told his first proper lie to the “Angel of Death”, Dr. Josef Mengele.

While waiting line after arriving at the concentration camp, he was told if they think you are strong enough to work you may live. When the officer question his age instead of 14 he blurted out 17 while going on to lose 68 members of his family. The man still bears the tattoo of his torturous ordeal. The Holocaust survivor recent admitted, ‘It was the first time in my life that I told a proper lie, as I’d been brought up to be honest,’ he said. ‘My father always told me to tell the truth if you want people to believe you. But I decided that a small lie to save your life was worth it. Some things you have to do.’

His mother, three brothers and four sisters were all sent to the other line and were gassed.

Klienman told the story to bring awareness to one of the most horrific human events in worldwide history.

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