Artur Radvansky

Artur Radvansky
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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This photograph of me was taken in 1964 or 1965 by a Catholic priest. When the Prague Spring arrived, I was terribly glad and the course of events after 1968 greatly disappointed me. On the other hand, after the arrival of the Soviet armies, I searched out Jews among the soldiers, and made friends with them. I for example got to know one sergeant who used to come to our place for holidays and Sabbath suppers, along with other Jews. I worked at the Academy of Sciences until 1977, when I retired. That year we moved to Prague-Suchdol, about two hundred meters from the Theoretical Chemistry Technology Institute. In the beginning it was I who went about raising money to have the institute completed, and because I succeeded, I was quite respected. In this part of Prague our family also built a house, where today my daughter Anicka and her family live. In the 1970s I started working at the Jewish religious community with children from five to 15 years old. I met with them on Saturday once every fourteen days, we'd play ping-pong, tell fairy tales, I read to them from 'Modche and Rezi' by Vojtech Rakous as well as passages written by the Kolin rabbi Feder for Czech youth magazines. The children liked it very much. I gradually began to tell them about the concentration camps. By then my girlfriend Misha Vidlakova was helping me out. She took a group of the smallest children and I had the older ones. But basically both groups were always together. We also took the children to camp. They were camps à la going camping with your uncle, no parading around, assembly, or hoisting a flag up and down the flagpole.

Interview details

Interviewee: Artur Radvanský
Interviewer:
Martina Marsalkova
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Artur Radvanský
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Radvanice u Moravske Ostravy
Occupation
before WW II:
Student
after WW II:
Chemist
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Thüeberger
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
    Decade of changing: 
    1950

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