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Oral history interview with Larissa Šimeková

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

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    Oral history interview with Larissa Šimeková


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Larissa Šimeková
    Adam Hradilek
    interview:  2015 August 03
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    Administrative Notes

    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.
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