Freddie Knoller looks pretty damned good for 95. Does eating human flesh contribute to longevity? In the past, I have read stories about him eating human flesh in the Bergen-Belsen camp. A new article about him implies that he ate human flesh at Auschwitz.
I mentioned Freddie Knoller in this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/jewish-population-in-israel-will-soon-reach-6-million/
I suspect that Freddie might have been a prisoner in the main Auschwitz camp, not at Auschwitz-Birkenau, since he was confined in a camp because he was a member of the French Resistance.
The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at https://www.timesoftunbridgewells.co.uk/holocaust-survivors-story-is-still-relevant-today/
Ninety-five-year-old Freddie Knoller was one of those who survived [Auschwitz].
During the lunch at Salomons [a restaurant in England] he shared his moving story of life under Nazi rule.
He recounted how he joined the French Resistance after fleeing his native Vienna at just 16 years old before being captured and imprisoned at the notorious Auschwitz, where both his parents perished.
He ended up spending 15 months at the camps after a French girlfriend betrayed him, revealing his Jewish identity to the authorities. Hunger among the inmates was so bad they ate anything to survive, including human flesh.
After the liberation, Freddie Knoller went with a British officer to a nearby farm to find food. In the wardrobe [a place to store clothing] he discovered a picture of Hitler which he cut up.
The farmer, a supporter of the Nazi leader, shouted anti-Semitic abuse at Freddie Knoller, who reacted by stabbing him. Soon after this incident he left for France, where he was reunited with his brothers who had survived in the US.
For 35 years Freddie Knoller did not talk about his experiences.
Then, one night, his daughters, aged 19 and 21 at the time, asked what they were going to tell their own children about the life of their grandfather. That was when he opened up.
His story continues with this quote from the same news article:
He visits at least one school a week in the UK to tell his remarkable story, which he also kept a secret from his wife for three decades, and he works with the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Guests at the lunch were handed signed copies of Freddie Knoller’s book Living with the Enemy. He has also written another book called Desperate Journey (both published by Metro Books) and his testimony can be found in Survival: Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Story, published by the Holocaust Centre.
Discussions are taking place with a view to making a film about his life. Last year saw the broadcast of Surviving the Holocaust: Freddie Knoller’s War on BBC Two.
STORY BEHIND THE BOOK…
Freddie Knoller was forced to abandon his family and flee Vienna as Nazi Brownshirts swept through his apartment building in November 1938.
Little more than an ordinary Jewish schoolboy, his desperate journey took him, among many other places, to Paris, where he earned a living guiding the Nazis around the red light district. He was a pimp – an occupation that provoked complex feelings of guilt, elation and fortune.
But his luck ran out, and he was soon on the run again before he fell victim to a girlfriend’s betrayal that saw him transported straight to Auschwitz concentration camp. Against all the odds he survived and has lived to tell his remarkable story.