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91-year-old admits to making up story of Holocaust survival

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ADAMSTOWN, Pa. -

A 91 year-old man has admitted to fabricating a story of Holocaust survival.

Joseph Hirt from Adamstown, Pennsylvania has been lecturing to school groups and others about his experience and escape from Auschwitz, but now admits to and apologizes for "inserting himself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz."

After hearing Hirt's story, Andrew Reid, a history teacher from New York thought that many of Hirt's claims did not add up. Reid launched an investigation and found, among other things, the identification number tattoo on Hirt's arm belonged to another prisoner. 

Hirt apologized to Reid, who pushed for a written public apology.

In his public apology letter, Hirt said after visiting Auschwitz several years ago he was determined to "prevent the loss of the truth about life and death at a concentration camp."

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