Severin Fayerman did what he could to survive in German concentration camps during World War II, relying on his skill as a toolmaker to stay alive, while fighting off the effects of his deteriorating health.
Fayerman, 89, of Reading, Pa., said he and his family were living in Poland when he was rousted from his home and forced into a tightly-packed train car that only had two barred windows near the roof.
Fayerman talked to members of the Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable Wednesday night about his experiences. The group, which meets once a month and features speakers, met at the Morris Frock Post 42 of the American Legion on Northern Avenue.
Fayerman said he ended up in the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was assigned a job digging trenches.
He told the audience about how he was forced to strip naked, nearly all the hair was shaved off his body and being given nothing but prison garb, a cup, a bowl and a spoon.