For his second birthday on 21 June 1942, Richard Frenkel received a carved wooden letter-opener from his father Nissan, who was imprisoned in Beaune-la-Rolande, France. Approximately one month later, Richard and his mother Esther were arrested in Paris and sent to the Pithiviers camp. Esther was deported to Auschwitz and murdered, and Richard was left alone in Pithiviers. In late August-early September, he was deported on his own, in a sealed cattle-car filled with strangers, to Auschwitz, where he was murdered. A few days after Nissan sent the present to his son, he was also sent to Auschwitz, where he too was murdered.
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