Born: April 16, 1921
Saul was born to a Jewish family in the small northern Transylvanian town of Moisei, famous for its 18th-century monastery, to which many Christians came on pilgrimage. Saul's family was religious. His father transported lumber to several mills in the area.
1933-39: My brothers and I attended a Jewish school held at our neighbor's home. A rabbi led us in prayers and we learned quotations from holy texts. After my schooling I needed to learn a trade, so I decided to become a tailor. Jews were not well-liked in my town. Returning home from work, my father was harassed by several townspeople; to humiliate him, they caught my father and pretended to baptize him.
1940-45: In 1940 Hungary annexed northern Transylvania. I was deported to various labor camps until 1944, when I arrived at Ebensee, a subcamp of Mauthausen. I was digging a trench when a guard pulled me out of line. At first he spoke to me in a friendly tone, but then he stepped forward and pushed up my chin, demanding, "Where's your God?" When I pointed to the sky he punched me in the gut. He repeated his question; I answered the same and he punched me in the face. As I spit out my teeth he asked again; I pointed at him.