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Oral history interview with Helga Shékalová

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

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.

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Shékalová, Helga
Hradilek, Adam
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: 2022-06-16 10:12:25
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