RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For Paul Kraus, the longest living mesothelioma survivor in the world, survival has never been easy. Even from birth, Kraus faced enormous challenges. He was the only person to be born in a Nazi forced labor camp during WWII and survive. This summer, he will celebrate 16 years of survival from mesothelioma, a disease that was supposed to take his life almost immediately after he was diagnosed.
Kraus wrote a book about his astonishing mesothelioma survival titled “Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers: A Patient's Guide.” This book has been sold in over 20 countries and has become the best-selling mesothelioma book in the U.S., Australia and the UK – countries with large numbers of mesothelioma patients. Over the last 30 years, Kraus has worked as a journalist, author and educator. He has written and co-written eight books and is frequently invited to participate in cancer conferences in Australia and the United States as his story resonates with all patients battling the disease.
His mother, Clara Kraus, a Hungarian Jew was pregnant with Paul and placed on board a train destined for the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz. Allied bombings destroyed part of the track and the train was rerouted to a forced labor camp established in the Viehofen flood plain near St. Pölten, Lower Austria. The purpose of the camp was to provide slave labor for the state-owned Traisen-Wasserverband company in St. Pölten and the surrounding area. There, a few months later, Paul Kraus was born. Soon after his birth, Clara Kraus escaped with the infant Paul and his older brother, two year-old Peter. Today, Paul Kraus is the only documented person to be born in a Nazi forced labor camp and to survive. His birth certificate was found in Nazi archives in St. Pölten, Austria.
After WWII, the Kraus family emigrated to Australia. In the summer of 1997 Paul was diagnosed with mesothelioma, the asbestos caused cancer. One summer, when Paul was a college student, he had worked downwind of a factory where asbestos sheets were cut. Asbestos dust covered his skin and clothes. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 52 and told that surgery was not possible and radiation and chemotherapy offered little hope for a cure. His prognosis was dismal – only a few months to live. Despite this “death sentence” Paul worked with non-conventional physicians to create his own treatment plan. This summer, Paul Kraus will celebrate 16 years of survival making him the oldest living documented mesothelioma survivor in the world. The median survival for mesothelioma with treatment is only one year.
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