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Oral history interview with Dalibor Dostál

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.439.25 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0025

Dalibor Dostál, born in 1933 in Kréta (a neighborhood in Terezín, Czech Republic), describes seeing only few Jews with a “yellow star” until 1942; the three Jews living in Terezín before the war; Jews being brought to Terezín before 1942 and forced to live in the former military barracks; being forced with his family to leave the Kreta quarter in 1942 and the Germans, collaborators, and doctors moving in; moving to Hrdly village and living there until the end of the war; attending elementary school in Terezín until 1942; the closing of all the Terezín schools in May 1942; the marching in of Jews from Bohušovice to Terezín in 1942; the guarding of the Jews by SS guard and Czech police; watching Jews marching across the crossroad close to his home; seeing some people giving food to the Jews; not seeing any order nor shouting nor beating; looking into the ghetto with other boys and seeing carts with dead bodies being taken to be buried; the flooding of the Ohře river, exhuming buried bodies; the Germans ordering the building of a crematorium; seeing trains full of Jews being transferred; several houses being built opposite their house in Kréta, where the Jewish ladies were making uniforms; seeing thousands of people marching to and from a factory; watching the train with Reinhard Heydrich’s coffin atop the cannon passing by; his father’s imprisonment during the “Heydrichiade” for listening to the radio and his death in a mining concentration camp in Bernau; the Germans who lived in their house during the war; Jews and prisoners leaving Terezín after the war; and the typhus epidemic.

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Dalibor Dostál
Adam Hradilek
interview:  2014 June 30
1 digital file.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 09:25:26
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