Auction 102

Lot 140:

CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS FROM OTTO FOJTIK (5)

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Start price: $100

Estimated price: $200 - $400

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FIVE (5) DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS FROM OTTO FOJTIKNOVEMBER 1942 THROUGH MAY 1943Otto 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 May 23): ‘…So, you have been having visitors for the last fourteen days. I already know that these people feel well at your place, and overall, if they are decent people, that you do everything you can to alleviate their sad fate…What can you tell me about the fact that Stefan G. was dismissed, write me about it…’ In part (on November 29): ‘…With 10 German Reichsmark per month, I will get by, Mitzi, and it is meant honestly and openly since there is not much you can buy in the canteen besides cigarettes. I know that money is tight and therefore, I am asking you not to take on a great burden, and when Mitzi is asking whether I wish for anything special, I would wish for just one thing, to be allowed to be with you…’ Mailing folds. Red pencil marks. Very good.

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