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FIVE (5) DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS FROM OTTO FOJTIK JUNE 1943 THROUGH APRIL 1944Otto Fojtik, prisoner number 26168, Block 8/4 and 6/2, 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 June 27, 1943): ‘I have received your writing that both surprised and astounded me since you already believe that …I would be on my way home, to you…In the meantime, I am still here and even if…, a subpoena from Wehrmeldeamt (‘Army Record Section’) was received, there are no reasons to get excited…I am sure that this is the only possibility and I already know that you will make every effort to achieve something.’ In part (on September 12, 1943): ‘I would much prefer if you stayed in the country for the duration of the war. Now, there are events in Italy, they will not spare Vienna…’. In part (on April 16, 1944): ‘I believe it is not necessary to spend many words on the hardships of this time since we all must endure them if we want to meet at some point and this above all includes reciprocal understanding and trust…You are very curious about how I changed. Unfortunately, I cannot give you any information, but I have learned one thing…I have gathered experience in life and I believe it will help me later.’ Mailing folds. One letter has a small 1-inch tear on the bottom. Very good.