Sam Pivnik was born on 1 September 1926 in Bedzin, in South-western Poland, near the border with Germany. In 1943 the family were sent to Auschwitz II/Birkenau where Sam's father and mother, his two sisters and his three younger brothers were murdered. He built a life as a respected art dealer in London after the war and now shares his memories with a wider public through lectures and talks. M J Trow who has worked with Sam Pivnik on SURVIVOR, is the author of many books on historical subjects of all eras, including Let Him Have It, Chris and War Crimes, he has collaborated on Open Skies, Closed Minds, and Hess: the British Conspiracy. He studied military history at King's College, London and now broadcasts and lectures regularly throughout the world.