TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Dimensions in Testimony Theater will share Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall’s story.
Fritzie was born in 1929 in Klucharky, Czechoslovakia. She was one of three children and lived with only her mother. Her father, Herman Weiss, immigrated to the United States before World War II to create a pathway for the rest of the family to follow. However, when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1944, Fritzie and her family were forced into a ghetto before being deported to Auschwitz.
Her mother and two brothers were immediately murdered upon arrival at Auschwitz while Fritzie was selected for labor. She survived almost a year of forced labor before escaping a death march to Germany. Fritzie was liberated by the Soviet Army in the spring of 1945. She immigrated to the United States after the war and was able to reunite with her father.
Fritzie settled down in Chicago where she became a hairdresser, married Norma Fritzshall and had a son. She is an active member of the Skokie community and is the President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
On the weekend of April 30th – May 1st, the Dimensions in Testimony Theater at CANDLES will be sharing Pinchas Gutter’s testimony. For the Dimensions In Testimony survivor schedule, visit https://candlesholocaustmuseum.org/visit/dimensions-in-testimony.html.
CANDLES, at 1532 S 3rd St., is open Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.