I should have made it clearer. He probably had access to boxes of stuff that were stored before he became a prisoner, or during the time he was out. The boxes had everything you could think of - hundred of match books, napkins from restaurants in Germany, etc.I am a bit confused, how could he have boxes of stuff from Auschwitz as a prisoner? That would be impossible, my step-father was among the troops that first arrived there and freed the camp. As I understand it from the very little he said, and history, the prisoners barely had their lives, let alone “boxes of stuff”.
Could he have been a guard? They would have had ”boxes of stuff”. Just curious, you probably don’t know.
I know he was a prisoner, not a guard because he had a number tattooed on his arm. And he was Jewish.