In 1931, Thomas and his parents moved from Germany to Czechoslovakia after Hitler and the Nazi party became in power.
Thomas's father owned a hotel and rented out apartments to many of his friends as an escape route form the German party.
In late 1939, the German's took over the hotel. Thomas and his family fled the hotel and moved to Zilina.
Thomas and his family decided to take a train to a boat that would take them to Poland. As Thomas was about to board the train with his parents, the Nazi's bombed the train.
In 1944, Thomas and his parents were deported to Auschwitz. January 1945, the Soviet Army forced the Germans to evacuate. Thomas walked with other children for 10 hours. Children were shot and others severely injured.
The death march ended in April 1945 and Thomas was one of the three kids to survive. Thomas was deported by Soviet troops to Sachsenhausen.