Adolf Burger was born in north-eastern Slovakia in 1917. He started an apprenticeship as a typesetter at the age of fourteen. In August 1942, he was arrested with his wife Gizela and taken to Auschwitz, where Gizela later died. In 1944, Burger was selected to work on the Nazi’s top-secret Operation Bernhard project at the Sachsenhausen camp bear Berlin. He was eventually liberated by the US army on 6 May 1945.