Freddie Knoller - Holocaust Survivor

On Thursday, 14 April 2016 we welcomed Holocaust Survivor Freddie Knoller back to Dauntsey’s for a fifth time.

Three days shy of his 95th birthday, Freddie related his life story to the Third Form and a sizeable audience of parents in the New Pavilion. From undercover alien Jew to French Resistance fighter, spurned lover and Parisian nightlife entrepreneur, Freddie’s war years were quite something.

The narrative duly grew darker: Gestapo interrogations, cattle trucks, somewhere out east … After a year in Auschwitz, survival during a death march, V2 rocket sabotage and the unimaginable hell of Bergen-Belsen, Freddie’s life story depressed, captivated, disturbed and forced reflection upon the crowd.

Freddie’s infectious optimism and zest for life left us all spellbound, and we wish him well as he receives his British Empire Medal from HM the Queen in the coming weeks.

Ben Sandell, Head of History