HE’S a born survivor.
Polish immigrant Roman Rodziewicz spent a year in the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the Second Word War.
But yesterday, more almost 70 years on from the horrors of the war, he celebrated his 100th birthday.
Mr Rodziewicz has had a dramatic life. Having survived the Nazi occupation he went to Italy to join the Polish Army under the command of the British forces.
After the war he came to England and settled in Sheffield, finding work as a miner.
He has lived in Yorkshire ever since, working in various factory jobs and moved to Jasna Gora specialist care home for the Polish in Fixby a few years ago.
Mr Rodziewicz’s centenary birthday was marked with a letter from the President of the Polish Republic.
He was also sent a congratulatory letter by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Ian Duncan-Smith.
His landmark birthday was celebrated with friends and family, with his son travelling from his home in the USA for the occasion.
He also has a daughter who lives in Australia and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.