Heda Ambrova at the market

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  • Photo taken in:
    Piestany
    Year when photo was taken:
    1941
    Country name at time of photo:
    Independet State of Slovakia
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

After the anti-Jewish laws were issued in the Slovak State, Jews were forbidden almost everything. In order for our family to just get by, I did gardening and sold at the market. This photo is from the Piestany market, and was taken in 1941. I (Heda Ambrova) am second from the left.

In 1942, right when talk of deportations began, I got married. There was a cell of illegal workers here that helped me very much. An acquaintance of mine, who lived in the former Soviet Union, came along and said: ‘We won’t allow for Heda to be deported. Two years ago you lost a daughter. We’ll get her married for you.’ Dr. Hecht came to see me, later he was named Horal. He told me: ‘I’ll marry you, but after the war we’ll get divorced, because I’ve got a girlfriend in Prague. We’ll help each other; I was told that you’re honest people.’

He was also a Jew, it wasn’t even possible otherwise. I also had a boyfriend, a Jewish boy, who was finishing university in Prague, but couldn’t finish, because Adolf arrived. His name was Goldstein. We were married at the Piestany city hall. The official was this ‘nice’ man, and said: ‘Even so, they’ll deport you.’ My husband was polite, and said to him: ‘So we’ll go together.’ We didn’t feel much like laughing. Someone ratted on us, that we’d been formally married. Luckily, a week after the wedding they transferred my husband to Michalovce. As a good wife, I thus had to move with him. My husband was a doctor.

Interview details

Interviewee: Heda Ambrova
Interviewer:
Martin Korcok
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2007
Piestany, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Heda Ambrova
Year of birth:
1922
City of birth:
Piestany
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
after WW II:
Translator
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Erdelyiova
    Year of changing: 
    1942
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Hechtova
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

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