Larry Wayne was born in Łódź, Poland in 1923. He had three blood siblings and two adopted siblings and is family owned a successful bakery. Larry attended private school at the Katzenelson Gymnasium, where he was trained to be a lieutenant in the Polish army. In 1940, Larry's family was forced to move into the Łódź ghetto, where they shared a small apartment with their extended family. Larry's father died in the ghetto and in 1944, Larry's family was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau where his mother and brother were gassed. He and his brother Jack volunteered to work at the Janina coal mine and then were relocated to various camps. In 1945, Larry was liberated by the U.S. Army in Buchenwald. He was reunited with his brother and sister in Bad Nauheim and the three immigrated to Detroit, Michigan in 1946.
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