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a candle for my son!

Hédi Fried
Swedish Writer of Romanian Origin

Born 1924 in Sighet, Transylvania (Romania), eldest of two sisters

Married in June 1948 to Michael, a fellow Survivor, three children. Husband dies in September 1962

Education

  • June 1942 - Bacalaureat Cluj, Hungary
  • June 1943 - Teacher´s Exam, Miskolc
  • June 1957 - B.A. in Psychology and Pedagogics at Stockholm University

Auschwitz Experience

  • May 1944 - Transport to Auschwitz
  • April 1945 - Liberation at Bergen Belsen
  • July 1945 - Arrival to Sweden

Professional Career

  • September 1945 - Household work followed by factory work, office work and studies
  • 1962-1972 - Manager of own business in Medical Supplies
  • 1972-1977 - General Manager of an American Company
  • 1980 - M.A. in Psychology, Stockholm University
  • From 1984 - Director of Café 84, Psychosocial Day Care Center for Survivors
  • From 1990 - Therapy groups of Child Survivors and Second Generation. Dialogue Seminars. Holocaust Lectures and Seminars in High Schools and Colleges, Advisor to the Government.

Affiliations

  • 2000 - Member of Forum for Living History, planning Committee for the future Swedish Holocaust Museum and Educational Center

Publications

  • 1990 - Fragments of a Life, published in England, translated from Swedish original
  • 1991 - -“- Large Print Ed. -“- -“-
  • 1992 - Skärvor av ett liv, Stockholm, Natur & Kultur
  • 1993 - -“- Russian transl. “ Moscow
  • 1995 - Livet tillbaka, Stockholm, Natur & Kultur 
  • 1995 - Fragments... German translation publ. in Germany
  • 1995 - Fragments... Hebrew transl. published in Israel
  • 1996 - Fragments....The Road to Auschwitz publ. in Nebraska, US. 
  • 1997 - Café 84; A Social Daycare Center for Survivors and their Children, in Past Trauma in Late Life, Ed. L.Hurt, M.Marshall Ch.Rowlings, Jessica Kingsley Publ. London
  • 1998 - Sweden and the Holocaust publ. in An International Study in Trauma and Healing Ed. J. Kestenberg & Ch. Kahn Praeger, Westport
  • 2000 - “A third Life; From an Earthquake in the Soul to a Meaningful Life” Swedish original 
  • Different publications in Swedish and English journals and newspapers.
  • 2002 - Fragments… Rumanian transl. Publ. in Bucarest
  • 2003 - “Livets pendel”, to be published in January., Natur & Kultur

Prizes and Awards

  • 1997 - Swedish Geropsychologist Organization for untiring humanitarian work
  • 1997 - Stockholm County, for work against xenophobia
  • 1998 - Swedish Government “Illis Quorum ” for educational and therapeutic work 
  • 1999 - Swedish Peace Price
  • 1999 - European of the Year
  • 2000 - Culture Prize for fighting for a human and democratic culture
  • 2000 - Award from De Nio for cultural activity
  • 2001 - Award from Stockholm Jewish Community
 

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