Ruth Goetzova with her husband Jiri and stepdaughter Miluska at dancing lessons

Ruth Goetzova with her husband Jiri and stepdaughter Miluska at dancing lessons
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Year when photo was taken:
    1963
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945 - 1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This is a photo from dancing lessons that my stepdaughter Miluska used to attend. The photo was taken in 1963 at Zofin in Prague. I'm standing on the left, then Miluska and then my husband Jiri Setina. I've always loved children, as a girl I had wanted to become a children's doctor. When I returned from the prison camp, doctors told me that I shouldn't count on being able to get pregnant. I was very disappointed by this and so I was in no hurry to get married. Then I met one divorced man, who was taking care of a six-year-old girl named Miluska. So I said to myself, that if I couldn't have my own child, why couldn't I at least raise someone else's. I got married in 1955, and the following year I got pregnant and had a son, Rene. My husband at that time was born in 1918 in Prague, was a Czech and was named Jiri Setina. We met through our work. He worked for a company named Lab Instruments, where they had begun manufacturing a gas chromatograph. He and one of his colleagues learned to use it, and then when their company began to sell it, they would travel around to teach people how to use it. His business card said: 'Expert in gas chromatography.' So he traveled all over the world and was almost never at home. We divorced in 1972; he had found a younger woman of Russian origin. In 1968 Miluska immigrated to Vienna and then to America, where she lives to this day. I have two grandsons there. I've visited Miluska several times, but now she mostly comes here to visit me. We have a beautiful relationship. I went to visit her for the first time in the 1970s, but in those days it wasn't that simple. I remember that the police summoned my husband and questioned him as to why I wanted to go to America if I wasn't her mother.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ruth Goetzová
Interviewer:
Pavla Neuner
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Jiri Setina
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Prague
Year of death:
1989
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Gas chromatography expert

Other Person

Ruth Goetzová
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Chemnitz
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Jewish Museum in Prague
Date of interview:
1999

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