Re: Sending food by post to Terezin #austria-czech
Re Robert Fraser's report on food parcels to Terezin:
My relative Friedrich SCHLAEFRIG, an architect >from Vienna, gave an interview
in Paris in 1946 about the years 1938-1945, including the 3 years he and
his wife were in Thereisenstadt. The interview is on the Voices of the
Holocaust website at http://voices.iit.edu/interviewee?doc=schlaefrigF
At one point he says,
"At this time, one of our woman-cousins who was with us in Theresienstadt,
was . . . was sent away with a transport to Auschwitz. But this cousin had,
fortunately, connections abroad, and through these foreign . . . foreign
connections she had received >from Portugal, >from Denmark and Sweden, mercy
packages [love packages]. When she departed she told us . . . told my wife,
'See Fanny, I would not like that the packages which should arrive here,
should get lost, that the Gestapo simply should take them, or other people to
whom they don't belong. I am leaving here for you an endorsement, so you
should get the packages. Take the packages, unfortunately you cannot forward them to me . . . '
the packages which our cousin . . . left behind with us, have kept us afloat during
the next few months. They returned us to a condition; the little bit of fat, sugar
and cheese, and what else we got, has literally saved us >from a hunger death. "
He goes on to describe getting other food packages >from a relative and a friend
who were still in Vienna.
June F. Entman
Researching MANDL, SCHLAEFRIG, CIRES, DUNJE