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Oral history interview with Helga Shékalová

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.439.43 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0043

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    Oral history interview with Helga Shékalová

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    Interview Summary
    Helga Shékalová, born in 1930 in the city of Olomouc, Czechoslovakia (now in Czech Republic), describes her mother as a Gentile and her father as a Jew born in Vienna, Austria; her father getting infected during the Spanish flu epidemic and suffering neurological issues afterward; her father working as an office equipment seller until having to stop in 1939-1940; her father’s doctor no longer being able to prescribe medication for him, so the Jewish community arranged for her father to stay at a Jewish hospital in Prague until he died in 1945; her mother converting to Jewish faith after she married her father, then both of her parents converting to Catholicism in 1939 and having her baptized to save her life; seeing a fascist march with people carrying torches; being expelled from school in the fourth grade in 1940, which ended her social contacts; not being allowed to go to parks or ride in trams; a time when a group of German children chased and beat her because she was wearing a star; her grandmother having her apartment confiscated as Jewish property, so she moved to Pekařská street in Olomouc; her grandmother being taken away on a train with elderly people and being shot; how she and her mother had to go to Prague to get registered and then being loaded on a train to Terezín (Theresienstadt); and working as a dental assistant in Terezín for prisoners before being liberated.
    Interviewee
    Helga Shékalová
    Interviewer
    Adam Hradilek
    Date
    interview:  2015 July 02
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Language
    Czech
    Extent
    1 digital file : MPEG-4.

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    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.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 09:25:33
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