Paul Steinberg was placed in the same work detachment in Buna Monowitz as Levi, and was the person behind the character of 'Henri.' In France, Steinberg hid his Jewish identity during the Nazi occupation. But in September 1943, at the age of 16, he was denounced and arrested. He was interned in the transit camp at Drancy, where he formed a close and mutually supportive group with other boys his age. They were all deported to Auschwitz on October 7, 1943. Steinberg was the only member of the group to survive Monowitz.
In the camp, Steinberg was able to use his youth, language skills and powers of manipulation to flatter and cajole, eliciting extra food and favours from camp guards, doctors and fellow inmates.
After surviving the camp evacuation, he succeeded in passing himself off as a political prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp, thus avoiding deportation with the remaining 1,200 Jews, all of whom were killed. After the American liberation of Buchenwald, Steinberg returned to Paris. He married, had children, and worked in business for nearly 40 years.
Fifty years after liberation, Steinberg's account of the camps was published under the title Speak You Also. Steinberg died in 1999, three years after his book's publication.