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Oral history interview with Eli Laskali

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.194 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0194

Eli Laskali (né Erich Lichblauheier), born in 1911 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses his family; his father's death when he was nine; pre-war antisemitism; studying to be a window decorator, then working in 1930 as a decorative painter in Hamburg, Germany; experiencing antisemitism in Hamburg; returning to Ostrava and working as a poster painter; participating in Tehelet-Lavan; military service; meeting his wife in 1934 and getting married in Andrychów (her hometown) in 1937; his mother's deportation to Poland in 1938; all non-Czech Jews being ordered to be deported to Poland in 1939; escaping to Prague, Czech Republic on the last train before war broke out; joining Hechalutz and being placed on a farm in Dobešice; organizing a group to work for a wealthy peasant near Písek; being transported along with his wife to Bohušovice then walking to Theresienstadt in November 1942; living in the Hechalutz barrack; working in Terezin as a painter of buildings and posters; painting daily life in Terezin and keeping paintings hidden; trading drawings for extra food; being transferred to Germany for forced labor in 1944; returning to Theresienstadt in March 1945; being liberated from Terezin in 1945; immigrating to Palestine with his wife in 1947; and his drawings of life in Theresienstadt, which he destroyed fearing their discovery then recreated after the war.

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Eli Laskali
interview:  1994 May 05
5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:15:28
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