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FIVE (5) DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS AND ONE (1) ENVELOPE FROM OTTO FOJTIK FROM JULY THROUGH OCTOBER, 1943Otto Fojtik, prisoner number 26168, Block 8/4, was born on July 24, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, and he was an educated, white-collar employee. He was imprisoned for several months from 1934 to 1938 and participated in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) where he fought on the side of the republic from the summer of 1937. In 1939 he was detained in France and identified by the Vienna Gestapo on January 24, 1941. On June 6, 1941, he was imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp, where he died of typhus on February 24, 1945. In part (on July 25, 1943): ‘…I am so glad that you sent me a dictionary in the last package since I am still learning French and there are some books in my library that are quite good, and for this, I can really use the dictionary…it is already my seventh birthday since … I have been away from you … still, I cannot comprehend that seven years have already passed…’ In part (on August 8, 1943): ‘…get some good rest since the most difficult days of the war are coming and people need to pull themselves together, you know I am thinking often about how it will be if Vienna gets bombed, but, Mitzi, the most important thing is not to lose courage and face all the upcoming events in a composed manner…’. Mailing folds. Red pencil marks. Very good.