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SOUSA MENDES FOUNDATION presents: DEAR FREDY

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LEARN THE STORY OF AN UNCOMMON HERO

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“We Jews don’t have saints, but we do have tzaddikim, righteous people, people of tzedek, of justice. Perhaps the word could also be translated as ‘decency.’”

Zuzana Rosinkova, Holocaust survivor, speaking about Fredy Hirsch

Fredy Hirsch was a revered Jewish sportsman and youth leader who brightened the lives of children at Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. Born in Aachen, Germany, he was 19 years old when the Nuremberg Laws were imposed, and he fled to Prague. There he began activities as a sports teacher and youth counselor in the Maccabee Hashomer Hatzair Zionist youth movement, and soon became his students’ object of admiration. Together with members of the underground in Auschwitz, he planned a revolt that never came to pass. Using rare photographs, archival footage, the testimonies of survivors, and animation, Dear Fredy is a celebration of a heroic figure who died in the Holocaust fighting for the betterment of others.

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