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Ferenc Göndör

(1928 - 2010)

Ferenc Göndör was a Holocaust survivor and memoirist. Göndör waited 30 years before committing the story of his early life to paper in A 6171; Ett judiskt levnadsöde ("A 6171: The Story of a Jew," 1984). In it he describes his idyllic childhood in a small town in Hungary and his internment as a 16-year-old in Auschwitz. The book was later made into a film.

In 1986, he was awarded the coveted Torgny Segerstedt prize and, in 1993, the Liberal Immigrant Association's culture prize. In 1994, he received a special grant from the Linköping municipality for his work in publicizing the horrors of the Holocaust and making an entire generation of schoolchildren aware of the dangers of the Nazi evil and its implications for the present. Like many other survivors in Sweden, Göndör spent much of his time visiting schools and talking about the Holocaust. For many years he also worked as a sound engineer for Swedish Radio.

He died on April 15, 2010.

[Ilya Meyer (2nd ed.)]

Sources: Megilla-Förlaget: Svensk-judisk litteratur 1775–1994 (1995).
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