Arnošt Lustig Nine Lives
Arnošt Lustig was born in Prague in 1926. He had completed seven grades when the Nazis prohibited all Jewish children from attending school. In 1942, he was sent to Terezin concentration camp. Two years later, he was transferred to Auschwitz and then to Buchenwald. In the spring of 1945, he escaped a train carrying him to his death in Dachau, when an American fighter-bomber dive-bombed the engine thinking it a military transport. He managed to get back to Prague and took part in the anti-Nazi uprising in May 1945. After the war, Lustig studied journalism at Charles University and worked for Radio Prague. Lustig left Prague during the Soviet occupation in 1968.