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Beloved war-time Jewish resistance fighter Freddie Knoller, who survived Auschwitz, celebrates his 100th birthday.
Freddie was born in Vienna, Austria, and escaped the Nazis by fleeing to Belgium but was interned in a Belgian refugee camp until 1940.
After attempting to leave he was arrested on the French-Belgium border and then escaped prison and obtained false ID papers as a Frenchman.
He worked in Paris and fought with the French Resistance – before being betrayed by a French girlfriend and arrested again.
Refusing to reveal information about the resistance, Freddie admitted to being Jewish and was sent to the Drancy Transit Camp near Paris.
He was deported to Auschwitz where he carried 25kg cement bags at a run and survived due to his friendship with a French doctor imprisoned at the camp, who helped him by sharing extra food with him.
He went on the Death March and was finally taken by cattle truck to Bergen Belsen before being liberated by the British Army in March 1945.
From there he made his way as a refugee to meet his family in America, where he met and married wife Freda on New Year’s Eve, 1950 at a rabbi’s house in Maryland.
The couple moved back to England in 1952 after two years of marriage, as Freda, who is from the UK, was homesick.
They have two children, Marcia, born in 1953 and Susie, born in 1956 whose son Nadav, 24, who was born in Israel.
Donations to Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre for Freddie’s birthday can be given here.
He survived being a resistance fighter, capture would have resulted in certain death, legally btw.
He survived Auschwitz, a death camp, so they claim, and managed to be in such good health while there he could run around with 25kg cement bags on his back.
He then survived a death march which was nothing of the sort.
And to top it all he survived Bergen Belsen, a camp riddled with disease which killed thousands of inmates.
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