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Oral history interview with Pavel Kohout

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

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    Oral history interview with Pavel Kohout


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Pavel Kohout
    Adam Hradilek
    interview:  2015 July 30
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    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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