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Oral history interview with Vladimīr Tuček

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.439.36 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0036

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    Oral history interview with Vladimīr Tuček


    Interview Summary
    Vladimír Tuček, born September 20, 1927 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), describes his Jewish mother Anna (born in the small village Bělečko) and his non-Jewish father (born in Prague); his family’s work at the post office; spending holidays in Bělečko; his father’s divorce from his mother in 1939 because she was Jewish and he was trying to protect the family; his mother move to her sister’s house shortly after the divorce; the views on mixed marriages before the war; getting baptized in 1939 when the Germans arrived; his maternal grandmother Matilda Cinerová, who knew how to read Hebrew and taught it to Vladimír; his mother’s two brothers and two sisters Eliška and Berta (both sisters survived the war); attending school; not seeing antisemitic behavior in school before the war; being forced to leave grammar school in 1939 because he was a child from a mixed marriage; the impact of the occupation on his family; having to wear the Jewish star; being denounced many times by a family in Bělečko; the deportation of his mother in 1942 to Theresienstadt and shortly after to Auschwitz, where she died; the deportation of the handicapped sister of his maternal grandmother to a concentration camp, where she died; the deportation of his aunt Eliška in 1944 to Theresienstadt where she caught typhus, but survived; attending a publics school; working in a factory named Blaníček and Malec, which was owned by his mother´s cousins, the Vaníček brothers; working in the factory until 1944, when he was sent to Bystřice to a concentration camp for children from mixed marriages; going by train from Praha-Bubny railroad station to Toršovice, where they stayed for a few days in an abandoned farmhouse; walking to the concentration camp; conditions in the barrack and the men who lived there with him, including Mr. Martinec and the Sýgler brothers; his friendship with the Pelešek brothers, Jára Pospíšil and Kopecký, who took secret photographs of the camp; daily life in the camp; working in a furniture factory; meeting up with his father at one point; staying in contact with his father through notes; witnessing the beatings of people who tried to escape the camp; punishments in the camp; a camp doctor named Sláma; his work at the railway station, unloading boxes of ammunition; his work digging trenches between Benešov and Petrovice; staying in the concentration camp until May 1, 1945; leaving the camp with his friends; working in Neveklov as a driller; witnessing some violence toward the German people after the war; the artists in the camp, including Jára Pospíšil, the dancer Jarský, the pianist Kopecký, the singer Špaček, the trumpeter Victor Tomašu, and the Deuch brothers; a soccer match that occurred in the camp and other recreational activities; and how he was able to cope with being a concentration camp inmate.
    Vladim?r Tu?ek
    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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    Personal Name
    Tuček, Vladimīr, 1927-

    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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