Dr. Robert Fisch—Freedom, Day One

Dr. Robert O. Fisch

Dr. Robert O. Fisch

On this day 57 years ago—New Year’s Day, 1957—Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert Fisch sailed into New York Harbor. He had been persecuted in his homeland of Communist Hungary and likely would have been executed for his role in the 1956 Revolution there. Thirty-seven years later, in 1993, he received a medal of honor from the president of Hungary for his heroic actions in the liberation of Hungary.

January 1, 1957, was a joyous and auspicious day for Dr. Fisch, but it was only day one of a long and difficult process that finally led to true freedom. He explains why in the poignant and moving Introduction in his book, The Metamorphosis to Freedom.

You are most likely one of the fortunate people who were born in freedom. Only a fraction of people throughout history have been that lucky. I was not one of them.

When I was a young man in Hungary, the Nazis imprisoned, deported and killed Jewish people—including my father and many other members of my family—simply because they were Jews. Then the Communists took over my country and told me where and ow I could practice medicine, for by then I had become a doctor.

I rebelled against the Communists, escaped from Hungary and eventually came to the United States.

I waited a long time for freedom, but it did not come when I expected it. There was no moment of celebration. Freedom came to me slowly, over many years.

Freedom did not accompany the long line of armored tanks that liberated me from a Nazi concentration camp. I did not find it when the people of Hungary rose up against the Russians who had taken over our country.

Nor was freedom waiting for me when I arrived in New York Harbor on a U.S. Navy ship and first saw the Statue of Liberty. This was the beginning of a new life for me. I became an American citizen and received my first passport. I had never had a passport before because I was a refugee. My American passport opened the gates of countries that were previously closed to me, yet it did not make me free.

I assumed that liberation from oppression would make me free, but it was only the first step. Freedom does not come from the outside. It is also a process that takes place within each person. It is like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Freedom is independence, but it brings with it responsibilities as well as rights. It demands that we ask question, make choices, take risks and accept consequences. If I had always followed the rules, I would have died more than once.

I was not born free. I sought freedom, and my journey to freedom was not an easy one. This makes it especially dear to me.

Freedom is a struggle—and sometimes a lonely and difficult fight. When you achieve it, you feel like a climber reaching the summit of a mountain.

Be grateful for your freedom. Use it well.

Here are Dr. Fisch’s books. I highly recommend them.


Click here to order Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust.


Click here to order Fisch Stories: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.


Click here to order The Metamorphosis to Freedom.


Click here to order The Sky Is Not the Limit.


Click here to order Dear Dr. Fisch: Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor.

Click here to view all my posts featuring Dr. Robert Fisch.

Click here to view all my posts about concentration camp survivors.


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