Ruth Goetzova's wedding day

Ruth Goetzova's wedding day
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Year when photo was taken:
    1955
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945 - 1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This is a picture of my wedding day in 1955. Jiri Setina and I were married in Prague at the Old Town Hall. 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. My husband and I lived in a large apartment in Prague's neighborhood of Karlin. I had four rooms, a hall and kitchen. After our divorce my ex-husband remarried and brought his new wife into our place, at that time I was leaving to go see Miluska in America. I told him to exchange that large apartment for two small ones, that I'd be fine with anything small that would have a washroom and a kitchenette; the important thing would be that I'd be there by myself. We argued back and forth across the ocean, because he on the other hand was saying that he put tons of work into renovating that apartment, and that the only way he'd leave it would be on his back, feet first. We didn't come to any agreement, so we all stayed in the original apartment, including our son.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

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

Other 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

Additional Information

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

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