On October 2, 1943, Steen and his parents were arrested in Odense, Denmark and deported to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. He was only eight years old. After less than six months in the camp, Steen’s father died of starvation. Steen and his mother spent a total of eighteen months in Theresienstadt. They were liberated on April 15, 1945 by the Red Cross “White Buses,” just one month prior to the scheduled launch of the camp’s newly installed gas chamber.
After the war, Steen and his mother returned to Odense where he completed high school and business college in Copenhagen. After college Steen began a career in the food industry in Denmark, which took him to England and then Canada, where he met his wife. In 1962 they moved to Deerfield, Illinois where they raised their two daughters in Deerfield, Illinois.
Steen Metz in Buffalo Grove High School Charger (October 2014)