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Oral history interview with Pavel Kohout

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.439.35 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0035

Pavel Kohout, born in 1928 in the town of Sedlčany, Czechoslovakia (now in Czech Republic), describes his mother as Jewish and working as a chief financial officer for a food and beverage company in Sedlčany, where his father also worked as a production manager; his parents moving to Prague to start a company; his father dying from a stroke at age 49; not being registered as Jewish when he was born, which likely saved his life during the war; going to a synagogue in the Prague neighborhood of Žižkov with his mother once or twice a year; hearing about other children in primary school cursing him for being a Jew in the late 1930s; the Gestapo visiting their home and interrogating his father; his mother having to wear a star then getting arrested and locked up for two months; his school requiring students to state if one of their parents was Jewish, after which he was expelled with two other students; receiving an order to go to Bystřice concentration camp in July 1944 on the same day of an assassination attempt on Hitler; and after the war, witnessing the public execution of Prague mayor Josef Pfitzner, a Nazi supporter.

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Kohout, Pavel
Hradilek, Adam
interview:  2015 July 30
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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