Hanzelka family photograph
Photograph taken by Venant Hanzelka of his wife Stepanka and daughter Hana, dated 1942 near Svojanov, Czechoslovakia. Venant Hanzelka took the photograph while he was visiting Stepanka and Hana, who fled to a mill in a forest after they became endangered by the resistance activities of Venant and his brother Alfons. Alfons was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where he perished. While staying at the mill, Venant visted his family, and was reunited with them after the war.
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Also in Venant Hanzelka collection
The collection consists of a Korelle camera, a pouch, and a photograph relating to the experiences of Venant and Stepanka Hanzelka, and their daughter Hana, while living in hiding in German occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II.
Korelle 3X4 camera with a pouch for a case used by Venant Hanzelka while he, his wife Stepanka, and four year old daughter Hana lived in hiding from the Gestapo in German occupied Czechoslovakia from 1942-1945. Venant, Stepanka, and his brother, Alfons, joined an underground Czech resistance group after Germany forcibly annexed the Bohemia and Moravia provinces, which included Brno, where they lived, in March 1939. Alfons was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and killed in 1942. Stepanka and Hana went into hiding in an old mill in the forest near the town of Svojanov. Venant did not hide with them, but would occasionally come to meet them. During one of these meetings, Venant took a picture of Stepanka and Hana with his camera, which he kept with him throughout this time. The family remained in hiding until Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. They returned to Brno, where Venant resumed his career.