South Walton - WE BEGAN AN INCREDIBLE SURVIVAL STORY OF GEORGE FRANKFURTER OF SOUTH WALTON.
DURING WORLD WAR TWO.... FRANKFURTER WAS 10-YEARS OLD WHEN THE NAZIS INVADE HIS HOME IN HUNGARY IN 1944, PUT HIS FATHER IN A LABOR CAMP, AND LEFT HIM ALONE ON THE STREETS.
AS NEWS 13'S PEYTON LoCICERO TELLS US IN PART TWO OF HER SPECIAL REPORT, THINGS WERE GETTING DESPERATE WHEN AN OLDER WOMAN AGREED TO HIDE FRANKFURTER AND ANOTHER BOY IN HER HOME.
<George Frankfurter, Holocaust Survivor>
"They were taking Jews either from these houses or from the ghettos and shooting them into the river, killing them. Until, the river froze."
AS FEAR SWEPT THE REGION, RUMORS CIRCULATED ABOUT A DIPLOMAT FORGING PASSPORTS FOR JEWS TO AVOID DEPORTATION.
FRANKFURTER AND THE OTHER YOUNG BOY DECIDED TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE DIPLOMAT'S EMBASSY.
A LEAP OF FAITH THAT ULTIMATELY SAVED HIS LIFE.
"We decided, this other boy and myself, to take off the Star of David and go to the Spanish Embassy."
"We went there, told him our stories and he said, okay, you will being getting a letter from me but, I need your pictures."
THE NEXT DAY, THE BOYS RETURNED WITH PHOTOS.
THE FORGED PASSPORTS WERE MORE THAN OFFICIAL LOOKING-DOCUMENTS.
THEY PROVIDED HOPE AND A LESSON THAT FRANKFURTER KEPT WITH HIM, TO THIS DAY.
"Don't give up. Never give up. And basically, this is my message."
THE FALSIFIED DOCUMENTS PREVENTED FRANKFURTER'S DEPORTATION.
THE HUNGARIAN GERMANS ACCEPTED THEM WITHOUT QUESTION.
THEY PROTECTED HIM UNTIL FRANKFURTER WAS TRULY FREE.
JANUARY 18, 1945, THE DAY THE WAR ENDED.
"A couple of days later, my aunt who survived the war in the Ghetto came to pick me up.
"And that was the end of the Nazis era."
NOT MANY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS ARE STILL LIVING.
FRANKFURTER IS ONE OF THE FEW IN FLORIDA, AND POSSIBLY THE ONLY ONE IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA.
HE IS A RETIRED PROFESSOR, HAS WRITTEN 5-BOOKS, AND STILL SHARES HIS STORY TO INSPIRE OTHERS WHO ARE OPPRESSED OR MISTREATED.
"The only thing I can tell those people is there are other people in the world fighting for them. And, I can tell that because we who survived the Holocaust, all of us came out of it saying, Never again."
"What people shouldn't forget ever that evil has no limits." "Do everything to survive. Do whatever it takes.And.... (long pause) NEVER give up."
HE PROVIDES A LESSON THAT, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE HANDS YOU, YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CAN CHANGE AND YOUR FINISH CAN BE ONE OF SURVIVAL AND HOPE.
GEORGE FRANKFURTER WILL BE 85 YEARS OLD THIS SEPTEMBER AND SAYS HE PLANS TO CONTINUE SHARING HIS STORY.
IF YOU WANT TO WATCH THIS SPECIAL REPORT AGAIN, IT WILL BE ON MYPANHANDLE.COM.
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