Alois Sensky with his daughters Stella Kotoucova and Greta Senska

Alois Sensky with his daughters Stella Kotoucova and Greta Senska
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  • Photo taken in:
    Mohelno
    Year when photo was taken:
    1933
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
This picture was taken in Mohelno in 1933. In the center there is my granddad Alois Sensky, on the left is my mom Stella Kotoucova and on the right my aunt Greta Senska. Grandpa had a secondary school education. He lived in Mohelno with Grandma. At that time, it was a pretty big Czech village with about two thousand inhabitants. Grandpa had a shop with mixed goods; they sold groceries and sweets but also whips, shoes and hoses. I remember how once someone came, who needed shoes. Grandpa put this person's foot on a piece of paper and traced it to get the size. Then he brought the shoes back from Trebic, where he would travel to buy goods. There was an old, rickety bus that would go from Mohelno to Kralice, which was where the nearest railway was. When Grandpa would travel to get the goods he would take the rack wagon with him. There was a great deal of discipline in the family, Grandpa was a stern man but also an honest man. He was an educated person and for many years he acted as the school alderman on the local town council where he was in charge of education. Twice he was even elected mayor of the village. People would come to Grandpa when they needed help with a request. When Grandpa wrote a letter, especially in German, it could be considered a graphic piece because he used handwritten gothic script of the German language, different from classic Latin script. It was an example of his elegant and cultured expression. My mom was born in Mohelno in 1902. Although she did not go to university, she was a very educated woman in her day. After elementary school she attended a secondary school for women, which was a German school in Brno, where she learned subjects ranging from maths and Czech to cooking. After marrying my dad, she stayed at home, but she helped him with the company. My aunt Greta was born in Mohelno in 1910. My aunt was known as a woman of great beauty and she had many suitors but she stayed single. One of my teachers was interested in her and so I had special status at school thanks to that. Aunt Greta had an offer for marriage from a rich furrier from Brno who was named Piowaty. He wanted her to marry him and he told her that he had already arranged everything, that together they would go to Canada and that there they would live beautifully. But my aunt couldn't abandon her mother and so she stayed and perished in Lublin.

Interview details

Interviewee: Kurt Kotouč
Interviewer:
Pavla Neuner
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Alois Sensky
Decade of birth:
1870
City of birth:
Ivancice
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1934
City of death:
Mohelno (but buried in Ivancice)
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Greta Senska
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Mohelno
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Lublin
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Lublin

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Jewish Museum in Prague
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