Pavel Werner with Ludek Klacer

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  • Photo taken in:
    Pardubice
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic

In this photograph, I'm with my friend Ludek Klacer (the dark-haired boy on the right), who was two years older than I, in the park in Pardubice. The inscription behind us says: Truth shall prevail.

 

I'd say that I'm about four years old. I knew Ludek from childhood, we used to attend secret Jewish classes at the synagogue after the Germans forbade us, as Jewish children, to attend normal schools. 

 

Ludek was with me at Auschwitz-Birkenau as well - we had a so-called commune, which meant that I found him something, he organized it further along, he in some fashion offered the goods to some fat-cats, and in exchange got from them perhaps a piece of bread, a bit of margarine, or other things. We split the end result fairly between ourselves, half and half. Ludek always cleverly organized something, whereas I wasn't as capable, so he always gave me hell that I hadn't stolen anything. Ludek returned from the concentration camp and then emigrated.

 

KEY PERSON

Pavel Werner
Jewish name:
Mendel Manes ben Chaim
Year of birth:
1932
City of birth:
Prague
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia
Occupation
after WW II:
Economist

Other Person

Ludek Klacer
Year of birth:
1930
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938

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