Paul Argiewicz of Paddock Lake, who told the story of his survival of the Holocaust during World War II to countless area school children and civic groups, died Wednesday at the Captain James A. Lovell FHCC in North Chicago.
Argiewicz was 88.
The book Number 176520 – The Story of Paul Argiewicz, a Teenage Holocaust Survivor, by Deanne Joseph, told the story of how Argiewicz used cunning and determination to survive life in German work and concentration camps. More than once he lied about his age or skills in order to escape certain death.
When he eventually came to the US, he enlisted in the US Air Force. His plane was shot down over Korea and he was the only survivor from the crew. He was captured and spent a year as a Chinese POW.
Argiewicz was a frequent speaker at local schools and other groups, where he told his Holocaust survival story and answered questions about his experiences.
In the video, Argiewicz (speaking at a Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association meeting) tells how he was arrested when he was 11 and sent to a transition camp, where he lied about his age and later posed as a electrician in order to survive: