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Oral history interview with Larissa Šimeková

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.439.45 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0045

Larissa Šimeková (née Grünwald), born in 1920 in Siberia, Russia, describes her father as once being a prisoner of war in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk as an Austro-Hungarian military officer; her father owning a clothing factory with an uncle; attending school in the city of Prostějov, Czechoslovakia (now in Czech Republic), until Jewish children were expelled in 1939; her father being Jewish and her mother being Gentile; some Czech children yelling at her for being a Jew; Jewish people fleeing Sudetenland to Prostějov; her father’s factory being taken away; Jewish people having to give up their radios, bicycles, and gold; Jews being banned from cinemas and public places; groups of Jewish men having to sweep the streets; marrying a Jewish doctor in 1941 who could only treat Jewish patients; Germans turning a synagogue into a warehouse; her father panicking and divorcing her mother to protect their children; in June 1942, how transports began taking 1,700 Jews from Prostějov to the Czech city of Olomouc then to Terezín, a concentration camp north of Prague; being assigned to jobs in Terezín; routinely seeing dead people in Terezín and piles of bodies being covered with blankets and taken away for burning.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Šimeková, Larissa
Hradilek, Adam
interview:  2015 August 03
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:09:34
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