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Oral history interview with Hildegard Sedlářová

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.439.44 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0044

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Hildegard Sedlářová (née Lex), born in 1926 in Šternberk, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses the good relations between Czechs, Germans, and Jews before WWII; the Germans forbidding Jewish children from attending regular schools and her one Jewish friend, Heidi Klimešová, becoming too afraid to speak; being aware of the Germans taking Jews’ belongings and confiscating or destroying their stores; her family hiding two Jewish women, a widow Mrs. Geslarová and Mrs. Brachová; her mother helping Mrs. Geslarová get to a train bound for Vienna; how the entire city turned their backs on her family after learning they hid Jews; the threat of the Russian soldiers to women after the war and having to hide from them; several atrocities committed by Russian soldiers; the commonness of suicide; how after the war families of German descent, even if innocent like hers, were treated very badly; Czechs taking what they wanted from her home and establishing a camp for Germans and a mass grave outside Šternberk; and seeing the mass grave.

Interviewee
Hildegard Sedlářová
Interviewer
Adam Hradilek
Date
2015 July 02  (interview)
Language
Czech
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:50:56
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