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Oral history interview with Edgar Krasa

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.208 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0478

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Edgar Krasa, born in 1924 in the Sudetenland, discusses his childhood; the growth of antisemitism; moving to Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1933 because of German nationalism in the Sudetenland; his apprenticeship and early career as a cook in Prague; the implementation of anti-Jewish laws after the Nazi occupation in 1939; an offer made to him by Karl Schliesser, an elder of the Jewish community of Prague, to be among the first Jews transported to the Theresienstadt ghetto in order to keep his parents safe; the expectations and feelings of those first residents of Theresienstadt; his experiences in setting up one of the ghetto kitchens and in feeding the residents; the bartering system of Theresienstadt; the role of music in the ghetto; the Red Cross visit in 1944; his deportation to Auschwitz and then to Gleiwitz; doing forced labor as a welder; going on a death march and the Soviets liberating him; and his reunion with his parents and his future wife Hana, who also had been a prisoner in Theresienstadt.

Interviewee
Mr. Edgar Krasa
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2003 September 09  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
12 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:17:59
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