THE AUSCHWITZ GOALKEEPER -RON JONES

AT THE GRAND OLD AGE OF 98…. BRITAIN’S OLDEST SURVIVING AUSCHWITZ NAZI DEATH CAMP  INMATE, NOW FEATURED HERE IN AND AMONGST THE NAZI HOLOCAUST YEARS EXHIBITION AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION , LITTLEDEAN JAIL .

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The Auschwitz goalkeeper: British prisoner of war who played in football match at Nazi death camp returns to bury the past

  • Ron Jones, 96, held in E715 – a prisoner of war camp alongside the main Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland
  • During the week prisoners of war were employed at forced labour camps but on Sunday allowed to play football
  • Games would take place on a field outside the camp with armed German guards watching
  • The Red Cross provided the teams with four sets of shirts – English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh
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An Auschwitz survivor who played in goal for the Welsh team in the Nazi death camp’s football league has returned to its site to bury the ghosts of his past.

Ron Jones, 96, was held in E715 – a prisoner of war camp alongside the main Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland – after being captured by German troops during World War II.

He said the soldiers were terrified.

‘We did not know what would happen to us. We thought at one time they would stick us in the gas chamber,’ said Ron.

‘It was not just Jews going in, it was Polish, political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals.’

During the week prisoners were employed at forced labour camps, but on their rest day they were allowed to play football on a field just outside the camp – with armed German guards watching from the sidelines.