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Oral history interview with Stanislava Brožová

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.439.28 | RG Number: RG-50.675.0028

Stanislava Brožová (née Vtípilová), born in 1931 in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia, describes her father, who was a policeman; her father’s service first in Ruthenia, where her brother Jaromír Vtípil was born in 1925, and then in Slovakia; her mother, who was Jewish; being raised Christian (Czechoslovak Hussite Church); being forced to leave Slovakia with her family after the independent Slovak state was established in 1939; going first to Kameničky, Czech Republic; moving in 1940 to Chrudim, Czech Republic, where she spent the rest of the war; her father serving as policeman in Chrudim; attending school while Jaromír went to a business academy; her father divorcing her mother in 1941, so that he could keep his job; her mother not being protected from deportations and working as a servant and knitter; the deportation of her mother on December 5, 1942; the Jews in Chrudim having to wear stars on their clothes and being restricted to a curfew; visiting her mother on daily basis after school before she was deported; going with her mother to visit with her friend Ms. Říhová, who was also Jewish; the arrest and deportation of Ms. Říhová; the forced labor her mother had to do; watching as her mother was deported by train to Terezín; her mother’s death in Auschwitz on January 23, 1943; her brother’s conscription to do forced labor at the railway station in Chotěboř, Czech Republic; her brother’s suicide in 1944 when he was 18 years old; her father remarrying in 1943; how, as a member of the police, her father was responsible for searches in the houses of farmers and peasants, but would tell the people ahead of time so they could hide things; stayed with her father until 1950; converting to Evangelical-Protestant church; and getting married to an Evangelical-Protestant priest.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Stanislava Brožova'
Adam Hradilek
interview:  2014 July 01
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:49:29
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