Ruth Goetzova with her mother Hilda Lasova

Ruth Goetzova with her mother Hilda Lasova
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  • Photo taken in:
    Chemnitz
    Year when photo was taken:
    1924
    Country name at time of photo:
    Germany, 1870-1945
    Country name today:
    Germany
This is a picture of me and my mother, Hilda Lasova. It was taken in Chemnitz, Germany, in 1924 when I was a one-year-old baby. My father was a German Jew named Georg Goetz. He lived in Chemnitz, Germany. I have the impression that my parents met at some spa, where my mother used to accompany her mother. After their wedding my mother moved to Chemnitz, where I was born and lived during my first four years. I remember being told that we had lived in some sort of villa, which was near a farmstead where my father raised his horses. Supposedly I was constantly under the supervision of a nanny and teacher, but once it happened that I found myself alone in the farm courtyard. They told me how I started running and fell into a cesspool of liquid horse manure. They pulled me out and put me in the tub, where they first rinsed me still dressed. My parents' marriage didn't last long, and they divorced after four years. After that my mother returned with me to Prague, but my father didn't want to let my mother keep me. In the end they had to go to court, which decided that I would live with my grandmother and grandfather on my mother's side. About a year after we returned to Prague from Germany, my mother married for a second time, a Czech Jew named Ota Las, who came from Serlovice near Tabor.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Hilda Lasova
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Prague
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1963
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Krauskopfova
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1920
  • Previous family name: 
    Goetzova
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

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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