My graduation

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bratislava
    Year when photo was taken:
    1960
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

In this photograph taken in 1960, I’m receiving my university degree from the rector of the university.

After the war, I began living in a place I rented from some non-Jews. I rented for five years, from 1945 until 1950. I began taking high school correspondence courses, because I was working as a helper, a laborer. After graduating from high school, I got a job and worked in a communal company and in various organizations, and then worked my way up. I began taking economics university via correspondence. I graduated and became a commercial engineer. I didn't experience any anti-Semitic comments at work, nothing like that took place. After the Slansky trials I had certain doubts about the regime, but otherwise I myself didn't have any problems, as I wasn't in a position of responsibility. I worked as a minor official, so I didn't feel anything like some sort of pressure. It didn't affect me in any way.

Interview details

Interviewee: Oto Wagner
Interviewer:
Zuzana Slobodnikova
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2006
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Oto Wagner
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Bratislava
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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