As a teen-ager, Elly Gross was waiting her turn to die at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland when she was sent instead to work as slave labor for German automaker Volkswagen.
While fortunate to have escaped the Nazi camp where her mother and 5-year-old brother were gassed to death, Mrs. Gross was forced to work long hours with no pay and still has trouble breathing from the paint she inhaled as a youngster.
A class-action lawsuit is expected to be filed today on behalf of Mrs. Gross and others like her demanding compensation for the work of slave laborers, alleging that Volkswagen not only exploited slave labor, but worked with the Nazis to ensure its steady supply.