Sergej Panov and family

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1930
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic

This is a picture of the house of my foster-father, Doctor Sergej Panov (first from left) in his car. There’s also my mother, Olga Neuwirthova, nee Bondyova, me and his Czech friend.

My mother's first marriage didn't last long. Her husband caught typhus and later he became mentally ill; he was treated in a psychiatric clinic. My mother stayed alone with me, later she got divorced and married to a Russian immigrant. He wasn't a Jew. His name was Doctor Sergej Panov and he was a doctor, too. My grandparents didn't like him, but when the political situation got worse, my grandfather asked him to protect the family.

Doctor Panov adopted me and brought me up. He saved my life because with the help of his colleague doctors he proved at court that I was his daughter and that I was the child of a Jewish mother and a Christian father. He bought the house of my real father in Holic and we lived there. It was a traditional house of a doctor. He had a car and we used to go on trips. We also went to Bohemia.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ema Panovova
, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Sergej Panov
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Alexandropol
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1963
City of death:
Holic
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Doctor
after WW II:
Doctor

Other Person

Ema Panovova
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Holics
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor
  • Previous family name: 
    Emma Panov
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
    Decade of changing: 
    1920

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