University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Dr. Robert O. Fisch

Dr. Robert O. Fisch Robert 0. Fisch, is a native of Budapest, Hungary and a survivor of Nazi concentration camps including Mauthausen.  He completed medical school in Hungary, and came to America in 1957. Dr. Fisch became a medical intern and eventually a professor in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, where he practiced and taught until his retirement. Dr. Fisch is known internationally for his clinical research on PKU (phenylketonuria), a genetic disease.

Dr. Fisch studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, the Walker Art Center, the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in one-man and group shows in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Memphis, Israel, and Austria.

For decades, Dr. Fisch's feelings about the Holocaust and his experience were a private matter. Now he shares his story so others might learn from the past. His book Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust, tells how he came to understand the power of love and freedom.

Dr. Fisch’s testimony is available at the University of Minnesota through the Visual History Archive developed by the USC Shoah Foundation institute for Visual History and Education (Also known as the Shoah Project). Visit the Visual History Archive website for more information.

Light From the Yellow Star Video (CHGS)

Copies of the book, VHS and DVD of Light From the Yellow Star are availble by contacting CHGS.

Light From the Yellow Star Discussion Questions (PDF)