Ivan Fric was born in Prague on October 22, 1922. His father was an ethnographer and a specialist on Latin-American Indians. Ivan Fric attended the State Graphic School (1937-39), where he was trained as a photographer. He then worked at BaPoZ (1940-41), a company specializing in the production of children's films. In 1941 he joined the Aktualita newsreel company, where he worked as an assistant cameraman and film cutter. In 1944 the company was contracted by the SS to produce a Nazi propaganda film about Theresienstadt. Fric was one member of the five-man film team led by Aktualita's owner and chief director, Karel Peceny. Fric and Cenek Zahradnicek were the two cameramen on the team. All worked under the strict control of the SS and were forced to sign a statement that any disclosure to outsiders about anything they saw in the ghetto would result in reprisals against them and their families. The series of still photos Fric took of the arrival of a transport of Dutch Jews in Theresienstadt are not clandestine images, but rather part of the footage shot on the order of the SS. The series was taken on January 20, 1944. After the war Fric continued to work as a cameraman, shooting newsreels for the Czechoslovak state newsreel company.
[Source: Fax from Karel Margry in Utrecht, The Netherlands to Sybil Milton, Chevy Chase, MD, November 21, 1999. Margry interviewed Fric on December 4, 1995, see his article in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (1992)]