this evening (saturday 27th), 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (repeated from january 2015)
surviving the holocaust – freddie knoller’s war (directed and produced by simon winchcombe) (part of the 2015 holocaust memorial season)
“In a disarmingly frank interview, Holocaust survivor Freddie Knoller (now in his 90s) tells his personal story of being a young Jewish man during World War II.
Speaking directly to camera and accompanied by extensive archive footage, he relives his past and draws on intense memories to navigate the extraordinary adventure of his early life.
Freddie’s story is a dramatic – and often surprisingly funny – real-life account.
It takes us from his family life in 1930s Vienna through the German occupation of Austria and his flight to Belgium. Then on to Nazi-occupied Paris, where Freddie lived and worked in red-light Pigalle, entertaining German officers and socialising with dancing girls, before an interrogation by the Gestapo meant he had to move on again.
After a brief spell in the Resistance, the war eventually caught up with him and his life in Auschwitz began.”
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050cvdd)