Toman Brod with his brother and governess out for a walk

This photograph was taken in 1937 on Palacky Bridge in Prague. This one photographer who used to photograph passers-by used to wander around on this bridge, they could then buy the pictures from him. On the photo are our governess, I and my brother Hanus. The place where the photograph was taken is not far from our home, at that time we lived on Palackeho Nabrezi. The building that can be seen on the right side doesn't stand there today, it was bombed during air raids on Prague during the war. Now in its place stands the famous Dancing House.

Arnost Brod

This is a photograph of my father taken in Frantiskove Lazne [Franzensbad], where he was in 1933 for a curative stay. My father used to visit Frantiskove Lazne regularly for treatment of his urological problems. My father worked as a grain wholesaler. He used to go to the country, where he bought grain from farmers, and in Prague sold it on the commodities exchange.

Anna Kopska

This is Mrs. Kopska, our cook. The photo was taken sometime during the 1930s and I think that it wasn't somewhere in Prague, but somewhere out in the country. Mrs. Kopska, the same as my family, from the Caslava area, when she was young she already worked as a servant for my grandfather, Alois Brod. Mrs. Kopska helped us a lot during the war. Because she was a Christian, she could under her name rent an apartment in which we then also lived, we didn't have to crowd together with several other families in the ghetto in the Old Town.

Grandma Pickova with her grandchildren

On this photograph is my grandmother Anna Pickova and my brother Hanus, he's that little baby in the blanket, and my cousins Eva and Vera. The photo is from a time when I wasn't even born yet, from the year 1928 and is most likely taken in our Prague apartment. Grandma Pickova is the only one of my grandparents who I still faintly recall. But really only very faintly; she died when I was three. She lived in Ledec nad Sazavou and besides my mother had another four children.

Alois Brod

This is my grandfather, Alois Brod, the father of my father. Unfortunately I didn't know him, he died before I was born, sometime in the first half of the 1920s. And most of what I do know about him, I know from Mrs. Anna Kopska, who already served with him, then cooked for my parents, and after the war lived with me and raised my daughter.

Asaf Auerbach and his family at a concert in honor of his brother Ruben

This is a photograph of me and my slightly wider circle of relatives in front of the statue of Franz Kafka by the Spanish Synagogue in Prague. We gathered on New Year's Eve, when one of the memorial concerts in my brother Ruben's honor was held. Ruben's daughter Mirjam said to herself that she'd like to in some fashion honor her father's memory. She was discussing it with someone from the Jewish community in Prague, and he suggested to her that she could organize a series of memorial concerts.

Miroslava Auerbachova with her children

This is my wife and our children in Maxov. Maxov is this hamlet of four houses a little ways away from Josefov down in the Jizerske Mountains. After the war it emptied, because the original inhabitants, Sudeten Germans, were displaced. My uncle Franta Klemens got it, and then my family and I had it half and half with Aunt Oli's family. We always took turns, we'd be there for one month in the summer, and they for one.


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