Auction 102

Lot 139:

CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS FROM OTTO FOJTIK (5)

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FIVE (5) DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS FROM OTTO FOJTIKJUNE THROUGH NOVEMBER 1942Otto Fojtik, prisoner number 26168, Block 13, cell 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 August 9): ‘Dear Parents! Exchanging correspondence with my close relatives, a brother, a brother-in-law, who are currently in the military and have army postal codes is now permitted to me. Send me Rudl’s and Rudi’s postal codes so I could also write to them which will surely bring them joy. I do not know why [is it allowed] , but either way it is a good provision and a privilege that I will take advantage of…’. In part (on October 31): ‘…In my last letter, I have already mentioned that we may be allowed to receive packages, and now the official approval is here…but do not limit yourself since I have been a burden for you for years. Though, I could use a few things such as good shoes…a sweater, a toothbrush…as far as groceries are concerned, I will let you decide. I am enclosing a coupon that you will need to send along with the package…’. In part (on October 18): ‘…Often, it is difficult to write, one gets a thought and loses it and then writes something mechanical. People write nothing new, but there is nothing new that people experience, work and then free time, I read a lot and there are also good books, especially history books where one can learn something, and I am also taking advantage of it, you can use everything that you learn in your life in the future. My life now is passing with work and reading…’ Mailing folds. Very good.

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