Gertruda Glasova at the grave of her parents in Jihlava

Gertruda Glasova at the grave of her parents in Jihlava
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  • Photo taken in:
    Jihlava
    Year when photo was taken:
    1964
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
My mother grew up in Jihlava, and from time to time she?d go to have a look at where she?d spent her childhood. She would then return, sad, saying that she didn't recognize any one there, not even one old granny. It's no wonder, Jihlava used to have many Germans, who were deported after the war, and Jews that didn't return. To this day the grave of my grandfather, Carl Fisher, is at the local Jewish cemetery. After the war we were no longer members of the Jewish community. My mother did consider converting back to Judaism, but the ceremony that she would have had to undergo, for them to take her back, discouraged her from it. While when I was becoming a member of the community, they weren't interested in whether I'd been christened or not. The wanted to know my mother's origin. The reason my mother wanted to return was that she wanted to be together with Father. But I used to tell her that she'd meet up with him one way or the other. I think that what a person has in his heart is more important than what religion he formally belongs to. In 1960 they caught Eichmann in Argentina. A colleague of mine at the time, also a Jew, the foreign editor Vladimír Tosek, lent me a book about Eichmann's kidnapping. I read it, and because I myself didn't remember Eichmann much, I wanted to see if my mother knew the name. There was a lot written about Eichmann in the papers, but my mother didn't read papers, didn't have a TV, and on the radio listened only to music broadcasts from Vienna, so she didn't know anything about what was going on with him. I came over to her and asked: ?Mom, does the name Eichmann mean anything to you?? She turned deathly pale, and just whispered, almost inaudibly: ?That's transports, that's transports.? I realized that whenever Eichmann appeared in Terezin, that meant that there'd be more transports. That was his responsibility. His office was grandly named the Office for Jewish Emigration. When they were gassing Jews, that was supposed to be that emigration. I then felt terribly sorry that I had tried my mother like that, even so many years after the war, it was still an absolutely living memory for her.

Interview details

Interviewee: Martin Glas
Interviewer:
Lenka Koprivova
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2006
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Gertruda Glasova
Year of birth:
1896
City of birth:
Jihlava
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1973
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Fischer
    Year of changing: 
    1920
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
To not lose faith in man
Date of interview:
2006

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