Interview with a Holocaust Survivor

Frank Grunwald, holocaust survivor, interviewed by David Lawlor, with some very thought provoking questions.

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Frank - Auschwitz Young prisoners in Auschwitz

Frank Grunwald was just 12 years old when he and his family entered the concentration camps. Terezinstadt, Auschwitz, Melk, Mauthausen . . . he was in them all. Unfortunately, neither his brother nor his mother would leave Auschwitz alive.

Frank was born in Czechoslovakia in 1932. His father was a doctor, as well as being a very talented photographer. Both of his parents, Kurt and Vilma, were musicians and instilled a love of music into Frank and his brother, John, who was four years his senior.

The family lived a comfortable life in Prague. Growing up, Frank liked art – he focused on it, as he did playing the accordion. For him, the instrument’s melancholy sound was both personal and human.

The notion of being Jewish never really entered Frank’s head. He was just a Czech, like his fellow citizens – but not in the eyes…

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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10 Responses to Interview with a Holocaust Survivor

  1. pattimoed says:

    Great interview, Jean. Very powerful. I can see why you wanted to highlight it. I was struck by his ability to immerse himself in a fictional world to survive the camps.

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  2. pattimoed says:

    Yes, Jean. So sad. We have a cousin who was the only one to survive because he was hospitalized for a tonsilectomy and couldn’t join his family. I can’t imagine the grief the survivors have lived with.

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  3. dimlamp says:

    Thanks for posting this Jean. He is an incredibly resilient person, having gone through all that suffering in the Shoah. His story is truly an inspiring one.

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    • There is a Holocaust survivor living in Dublin who has spoken to students in schools all over Ireland. His name is Tomi Reichental and he lost 35 members of his family in the Holocaust. He never spoke about it until he was about 55 years of age, when he realized he was one of the last witnesses to such a crime. He wants to pass on his story to young people so they can tell their children and grandchildren they met a Holocaust survivor, so they can refute those who say it never happened.

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  4. dimlamp says:

    Bless him for that. I have heard Holocaust survivors speak too, and their stories are very moving.

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  5. joannesisco says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Jean. It was very moving.
    Two years ago we visited Auschwitz Birkenau and I found it very emotionally difficult – considerably worse than I expected. We must never let future generations forget the face of this evil.

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