Fredy Hirsch practicing gymnastics at the Hagibor sports ground in Prague. Beit Terezin Archive

The Unknown Hero Who Saved Children at Auschwitz

Fredy Hirsch was a revered, openly gay Jewish youth leader who brightened the lives of kids at Theresienstadt and Auschwitz and saved many from death. Why is he virtually unknown in Israel?

In 1940, an article appeared in Prague’s Jewish newspaper entitled, “Healthy Youth – Healthy Homeland.” “Which do you prefer,” it began, “a proud and tall suntanned lad, or a flabby, nervous youngster with...

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