Marko Feingold, who lived through 4 camps, remained active throughout his life in speaking out about the Holocaust, as he swore to do while at Auschwitz

In this file photo taken on March 15, 2018 Marko Feingold, then 104-years-old, poses for a picture at the Israeli Cultural Center in Salzburg, Austria. (Joe Klamar/AFP)

In this file photo taken on March 15, 2018 Marko Feingold, then 104-years-old, poses for a picture at the Israeli Cultural Center in Salzburg, Austria. (Joe Klamar/AFP)

VIENNA — The oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor, who lived through four concentration camps, has died at the age of 106, Vienna’s Jewish Community organization (IKG) said Friday.

Marko Feingold, who survived Auschwitz, in Nazi-occupied Poland, and three German concentration camps, died in the city of Salzburg on Thursday after a lung infection, Austrian news agency APA reported.

“I must have spoken to around half a million people all in all,” he told AFP in a 2018 interview, adding he swore to himself in Auschwitz that he would tell his story.

In this file photo taken on March 15, 2018 Marko Feingold, then 104-years-old, speaks at the Israeli Cultural Center in Salzburg, Austria. (Joe Klamar/AFP)

Born on May 28, 1913, in the Austro-Hungarian empire in what is now Slovakia, Feingold was arrested in Prague and deported to Auschwitz in 1940.

“They said I had three months to live. And in fact after two and a half months I was about to succumb to exhaustion when I managed to get transferred to the Neuengamme camp,” he told AFP.

Having lost his father and siblings in the camps, he was freed from Buchenwald when it was liberated by American forces in May 1945.

But he could not go back to Vienna as his group of survivors was prevented from traveling through the Soviet occupation zone which surrounded the city.

“A Russian soldier told us that they had orders not to let us pass. The new [social democratic] chancellor Karl Renner had said: ‘We won’t take back the Jews,’” Feingold said.

Feingold then decided to go to Salzburg near the German border, which was in the American occupation zone. There he founded a network which helped 100,000 Jews emigrate to Britain-administered Palestine.

In this file photo from March 15, 2018 Marko Feingold, then 104-years-old, poses for a picture at Israeli Cultural Centrer in Salzburg, Austria. (Joe Klamar/AFP)

He himself refused to leave Austria despite the difficulties in the face of the country’s deep-rooted anti-Semitism.

After the war Austria took refuge in an official narrative which portrayed the country as a “victim” of the Third Reich and avoided the process of debating complicity in Nazi crimes, as happened in Germany, until well into the 1990s.

“It was impossible to find a job. Someone coming back from the camps had to be a criminal. So I had to strike out on my own,” he said.

He started a clothes shop in Salzburg, which quickly became successful.

Feingold said once attitudes changed, he was “literally covered in honors,” including being received last year by then chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his then deputy Heinz-Christian Strache from the far-right.