Holocaust Survivor: Freddie Knoller

On Thursday 4 May 2017, we welcomed Holocaust Survivor Freddie Knoller back to Dauntsey’s for a sixth time.

Two weeks after his 96th birthday, Freddie related his life story to the Third Form and an audience of parents and Sixth Formers in the Pavilion. From undercover alien Austrian 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 continues to tell his story. Freddie let us know that a feature film script is being written and funding are secured – his life is duly to come to the silver screen in the years to come.

Ben Sandell, Head of History