The Deiml sisters

The Deiml sisters
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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1939
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This is my sister Milena and I. It's a photo from the time immediately before my departure for England. The decision that I should go to England took place sometime after the occupation. Then it all went lickety-split, I was supposed to leave on a transport in July 1939. My sister was also supposed to go, and we'd been picked out by some family, that we'd be staying with them. But then my sister broke her leg, and what then happened is something I'll never forgive my parents. They said that she can't go anywhere with a broken leg, and that she won't leave until the September transport, when she's well. As is known, the September transport never left. My sister, Milena, was almost five years younger. As opposed to me, she was skinny and had curly hair. She was also more agile, she even knew how to climb, which is something I've never been good at. Of course, outside we each had our own friends, there we didn't play together, but at home I used to boss her around a lot. She suffered a lot from me, for example we'd be playing school, and she'd have to sit with her hands behind her back and so on. On the other hand, I used to read to her, that I liked.

Interview details

Interviewee: Dagmar Simova
Interviewer:
Lenka Kopřivová
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2006
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Milena Deimlova
Year of birth:
1932
City of birth:
Strakonice
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz

Other Person

Dagmar Simova
Year of birth:
1928
City of birth:
Prague
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Deimlová
    Year of changing: 
    1949
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and others
Date of interview:
1990s
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