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Oral history interview with Marta Plášilová

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.439.42 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0042

Marta Plášilová, born December 12, 1930 in Prague-Libeň, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), describes one of the four Jews in her second grade elementary school class, Helga Weis, who survived the concentration camps and later moved to Palestine where she became a painter; the strong Jewish community in Libeň; her family’s friendship with Jewish families, in particular “Uncle” Frýba and his two children; how life changed after the German occupation; Jewish children being barred from attending schools in 1943; her father’s efforts along with Uncle Frýba to help Jewish families escape and hide their valuables; the deportation of Jews; the arrest of Uncle Frýda for anti-state activities and the deportation of his family; watching with her father as the Germans forced Jewish families onto the trains; the Jewish woman who cleaned their house and whose husband died in a concentration camp; how during the war she went shopping with her mother for food outside the city and the Germans would take the food when they returned to the city; going with her father and searching for Jewish families after the war so they could return their hidden valuables; and the day that she said goodbye to Helga Weis.

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Marta Plášilová
Adam Hradilek
interview:  2015 July 02
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:49:23
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