Magdalena Seborova on the balcony of her apartment

Magdalena Seborova on the balcony of her apartment
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  • Photo taken in:
    Brno
    Year when photo was taken:
    2002
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czech Republic
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This is a photograph of little old me. The photo was taken on the balcony of my apartment in 2002. I got into the Jewish community in Brno very easily, but for a long time I didn't want to join, because I didn't like the people there. And I don't like them to this day. It wasn't until the year 2000 that I joined. In 1991 the Terezin Initiative was founded, and then Slovaks began going there as well. I don't hold any position in the Terezin Initiative. I'm only a regular member, nothing more. People from the Jewish community in Brno also go on Terezin Initiative trips, Mrs. Felixova has called me a few times, but on the whole it bored me. I go to the Jewish community mainly during holidays. I used to go there while I was able. I was also at the opening of the synagogue in Liberec. No one applied, except for me, so I went there with the leadership. I was also at the celebration when they were registering Trebic in some cultural fund [UNESCO]. I don't observe any Jewish traditions at home. For example just now I was at seder, which we paid for and it was pretty good there, there were great people there. But before that we had Purim and even before that Chanukkah, which I paid for there, and I stayed only a while and went home. Rabbi Koller has been there for a year and a half, and makes a big to-do of it all. What do I think about the division of the republic?! There's always been more swine than troughs. I'm not a minister, or an ambassador, but those that wanted it, they're the ones that divided the republic. Normal people didn't want it, because after these 70 years we're so mixed around that everyone's got children here and parents there. I definitely did better to stay in Brno, as health insurance is better here. I'm a sick person, I'm an invalid, for me it's important. I can't say who I feel closer to, Czechs or Slovaks. We Jews prefer a larger crowd, so we can get lost in it and not stick out.

Interview details

Interviewee: Magdalena Seborova
Interviewer:
Pastorkova & Pokreis
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Brno, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Magdalena Seborova
Year of birth:
1940
City of birth:
Surovce
Country name at time of birth:
Slovakia
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kleinova
    Year of changing: 
    1961
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Fuskova
    Year of changing: 
    1970
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1990s

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