Joseph Kahn was born in a small town in Poland in 1922. He was 17-years-old when the Nazis occupied his hometown in September 1939. A week after the invasion, the Nazis burned the synagogue which was two blocks away from his home. Joseph and his family hid for three days listening to the constant screaming and shooting coming from outside. Joseph left the hiding place to survey the damage and found charred bodies lining the streets. In 1942 Joseph was arrested and transported to a labor camp.