Caricature of Karel Rutar from Terezin

Caricature of Karel Rutar from Terezin
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Year when photo was taken:
    2007
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czech Republic
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Dagmar Greslova
This is a picture of my husband, Karel Rutar, shown working as a carpenter in Terezin. This caricature was painted by the caricaturist Haas, the brother of the famous actor Hugo Haas. Karel left Terezin to go work in Wulkov ? he was quite handy, and had worked as a carpenter in Terezin. After the war I found out that he?d been the head carpenter, and that some problem had happened there that he didn't cause, but they punished him for being the boss and letting it happen. The SS soldier punished him by making him go outside at night, in the winter, naked, and pouring cold water on him. He then gave him such a slap that it punctured his eardrum, and for the rest of his life Karel was hard of hearing in one ear. From Wulkov he returned to Terezin, where after the war he recuperated, and then brought with him to Prague many materials ? correspondence cards, on which you could send a maximum of thirty words to Terezin, maps, and also this picture.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ludmila Rutarova
Interviewer:
Dagmar Greslova
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2007
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Karel Rutar
Year of birth:
1917
City of birth:
Prague
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1966
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk

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