Auction 102

Lot 142:

CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS FROM OTTO FOJTIK (6)

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SIX (6) DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP LETTERS FROM OTTO FOJTIKFROM BEFORE MAY, 1943 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1944Three letters do not include the years when they were written, but the prisoner addressed them to both parents. His father died at some point in May 1943. Otto Fojtik, prisoner number 26168, Block 30/1, 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. In part (on July 20, unknown year): ‘Dear parents! … Your letters always give me joy and consolation as I am facing my fate. Hopefully, it [imprisonment] will not last long, and I will be able to stay with you always…’. In part (on November 19, 1944): ‘…It gives me immense joy to know that you survived everything [bombings]. I think about you oft these difficult days, Mitzi, but, unfortunately, I can only think about you and not help. Just like I am trying to understand your situation, you will understand mine…You know, Mitzi, how I view the question of you sending me packages. First of all, you must not go hungry and should not starve yourselves to save. The times are harsh…’ In part (on December 31, 1944): ‘…Vienna had to suffer severe blows already, and no one knows what is yet to come. The war is harsh, demands sacrifice, effort, and deprivations that must be endured, and so we are entering the year 1945. Perhaps it will be a year of …peace.’ A piece of one letter (from August 3, unknown year) has been cut out. Mailing folds. Red pencil marks. Very good.

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