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Oral history interview with Slaviboj Kuchta

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.439.33 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0033

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    Oral history interview with Slaviboj Kuchta


    Interview Summary
    Slaviboj Kuchta, born June 29, 1923 in the village of Žebrákov, Czechoslovakia (now part of Kovářov, Czech Republic), describes descending from a peasant family and graduating as a doctor in legal science; going to the Czech town of Terezín at the end of the war to help fight the typhus epidemic with the International Red Cross; arriving in the evening at a small fortress in Terezín that had a sign reading “Arbeit macht frei” (a German phrase for "Work sets you free" that appeared at the entrance some Nazi concentration camps); seeing women packed in a courtyard who had sores and lice, and prisoners packed in tiny rooms; the prisoners who were primarily Czech, Hungarian, and Polish; may prisoners having diphtheria, scarlet fever, and typhus; a sanatorium that was set up in Čížkovice for people who were helping in Terezín; and local Czech police raping German girls who were working at the sanatorium.
    Slaviboj Kuchta
    Adam Hradilek
    interview:  2015 July 29
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    Kuchta, Slaviboj, 1923-

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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