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Oral history interview with Slaviboj Kuchta

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

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.


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Interviewee
Kuchta, Slaviboj
Interviewer
Hradilek, Adam
Date
interview:  2015 July 29
Language
Czech
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:09:33
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