Faces of The Fellowship: Fredirika

The Fellowship  |  November 27, 2019

Fredirika was born 93 years ago in a small Hungarian village that was later claimed by Romania after World War II. And her youth was shattered by the war.

Her parents and five siblings were forced onto a livestock train headed for Auschwitz, and then her parents and youngest brother were sent to the gas chambers after they got off the train. Fredirika and her other siblings were forced to work as slave laborers until being liberated by the British army. At this point, sick from typhoid, she finally received medical treatment. But Fredirika has been grieving ever since. She only has one photo of her father and younger brother, and keeps the picture close to her heart.

After the war, Fredirika married a soldier who survived the conflict. Together, they made aliyah in 1963. But when her husband died in the late 90s, she was again all alone. Today, she suffers most from loneliness, even as she finds herself sick and hungry. She relies on The Fellowship for groceries, care, and comfort. And most of all, Fredirika feels like she has family in her life again, thanks to Fellowship friends around the world who make this care possible.

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