Eva Meislova's husband Jiri Meisl and her mother Stepanka Bohmova

Eva Meislova's husband Jiri Meisl and her mother Stepanka Bohmova
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  • Foto aufgenommen in:
    Tabor
    Jahr:
    1946
    Ländername:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Name des Landes heute:
    Czech Republic
This picture was taken in Tabor on my wedding day in 1946. It shows my mother, Stepanka Bohmova, and my husband, Jiri Meisl, as they are entering the wedding hall. In April 1946 we had a double wedding, me and Jiri, and Richard and Marta, who was Jewish and had lost her husband during the Holocaust. The wedding was on the same day a year after I had been liberated. I didn't realize until I received a telegram with congratulations from my former co-prisoners. We shared a house with Richard, his wife and their two daughters, Marcela and Zuzana. Jiri and Richard rebuilt the confectionary warehouse of their parents after the war. We didn't have very much money but the Orion confectionary factory gave them a credit in the name of their father, and so we got started. I worked with them, and my mum was at home cooking for us and doing the housework. We sold goods to small businessmen. We had a Tatra and an assistant driver. We were successful, but we worked really hard for it. I was in the shop or in the office every single day. When communists nationalized the warehouse in 1948, I was actually glad that I got rid of it. My husband began to work in a textile factory in Ceske Budejovice in 1948. He was diligent, worked his way up and soon held a distinguished post. However, some communists didn't like it because he used to be a businessman, and they fired him during the program '77.000 persons to manufacture' [the program was actually called 'Action 77,000'] so he had to start all over. There was a silicone fiber production factory in Tabor, so he went to work there with a friend of his. He started as a manual laborer, it was nonstop work, including Saturdays and Sundays. In the end he worked his way up, but again he was told that as a former businessman he could be no more than a foreman. Jiri said to the director, 'Comrade director, you say I cannot be production planner but you let me be a foreman who can influence hundreds of people?' He did become a foreman but slowly worked his way up again, and then he was in a really good position until his retirement in 1981.

Interview details

Interviewte(r): Eva Meislová
Interviewt von:
Pavla Neuner
Monat des Interviews:
March
Jahr des Interviews:
2003
Prague, Czech Republic

HAUPTPERSON

Jiri Meisl
Geburtsjahr:
1921
Geburtsort:
Cerveny Ujezd
Todesjahr:
1999
Todesort:
Tabor
Sterbeort (Land):
Tschechien
Gestorben:
after WW II
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Office clerk
nach dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Office clerk

Andere Person

Stepanka Bohmova
Geburtsjahr:
1895
Geburtsort:
Cechtice
Geburtsland:
Österreich
Todesjahr:
1962
Todesort:
Tabor
Gestorben:
after WW II
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Housewife
nach dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Housewife

Weitere Informationen

Ebenfalls interviewt von:
Jewish Museum in Prague
Interviewdatum:
07.08.2000

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