An After Shul Special: Finding Fredy Hirsch


As part of our Pride Month activities at BCC, on June 20, we will host an “after shul special” talk, titled “Finding Fredy Hirsch: The Untold Story of A Gay Holocaust Hero.” The talk will be presented by journalist Jody Becker.

Fredy Hirsch arrived in Auschwitz in 1943. Hollywood handsome and a sort of celebrity among the Czech Jews he was transported with, his presence was significant, and surreal.

Every day, for six months, inside of the children’s barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Fredy Hirsch insisted on creating an alternate reality of games, music, art and poetry for the children. He convinced the Nazis to allow them to paint the scenes from fairy tales on the interior walls of the barracks. He found bits of tin cans and helped the children make small sculptures. He organized a library and concerts. In Auschwitz. That was Fredy Hirsch’s uprising.

If Fredy Hirsch was straight, you’d already know this. But, he wasn’t. Now the Fredy Hirsch story is out.

Read more about Fredy Hirsch on the website dedicated to him, “Know Fredy Hirsch,” and on the Holocaust history website.