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FAIRFIELD — Martin Schiller chuckles when he’s asked his age.

Until a few years ago, Schiller thought he was born in 1934.

Then an older cousin mentioned that he clearly remembers making the trip from Germany to Tarnobrzeg, Poland, to visit Schiller, his newly born cousin, in 1933.

“When we were in the camps, we lied about our ages. Then I just lost track,” said Schiller, now 73, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps.

Everything else about a childhood spent in two camps during World War II remains painfully clear to Schiller and is chronicled in a book to be published next month by Hamilton Books.

“Bread, Butter and Sugar: A Boy’s Journey Through the Holocaust and Postwar Europe,” is told through the eyes of “Menek,”
Martin Schiller, of Fairfield, has written a book about his experiences as a child in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland (Ned Gerard/Connecticut Post)
Schiller’s childhood nickname.

It started as a memoir that Schiller, who is Jewish, wrote for his three children and two grandchildren. More.