Surviving Auschwitz: Prisoner 84303

A harrowing true story 

Zigi Shipper reveals the horrors of life at Auschwitz-Birkenau

27 January marks Holocaust Memorial Day. To commemorate this important occasion, HISTORY® is taking a look at the extraordinary life of 88-year-old survivor Zigi Shipper

Surviving Auschwitz: Prisoner 84303, Saturday 27 January, 9pm, HISTORY® (CH 270) + H2®/HD (CH 273/274). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > HISTORY®

By the age of 13, Shipper was living with his grandmother in a ghetto in Lodz, Poland. His parents had divorced – deemed shameful in the Orthodox Jewish community ­– and he’d falsely been told his mother had died. After his father escaped to the Soviet Union in 1939, he never saw him again.


In 1942, all the children of the community – including Shipper – were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. At this infamous combination of concentration camp and extermination camp, Shipper had to survive unimaginable hardships.


Surviving Auschwitz: Prisoner 84303

He was liberated from the camp in May 1945 by British troops, and arrived in the UK in 1947. Now a great-grandfather, Shipper continues to travel the country to educate schools and colleges about the Holocaust. Now his story is being told on TV, in his own words, as he opens up to Sky Sports News presenter Olivia Wayne in a half-hour interview special.


Surviving Auschwitz: Prisoner 84303

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