Wedding photo of Helena Polakova and Emil Polak

Wedding photo of Helena Polakova and Emil Polak
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  • Photo taken in:
    Luze
    Year when photo was taken:
    1921
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This a wedding photo of my parents, Helena Pollakova and Emil Polak, taken in Luze in 1921. My father and mother were cousins. Because my father's mother [Helena Alterova, née Polakova] and my mother's father [Max Alter] were siblings. As if that wasn't enough, my mother had the same name as her future mother-in-law ? Helena Polakova, and both had the maiden name Alterova. So if I'm a little meshuga, it's my family's fault! My parents ran a prosperous business, a general store with fabrics as well as some groceries like coffee, but they didn't sell bread for example, because there were three bakers in the area. The store was right in our building, made a decent amount of money and was fairly prosperous; my mother and father worked in it. But when Hitler came, my father had to close the store, and the only work they allowed him to do as a Jew was shoveling snow and similar menial activities. Our neighbor, who had a bakery next door to us, told my father at the time: ?Mr. Polak, if what happened to you happened to me, if they took my store away, I'd probably hang myself!? and back then my father said to him: ?As long as I'm with my family, nothing else can affect me.?

Interview details

Interviewee: Anna Mrazkova
Interviewer:
Dagmar Greslova
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2006
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Helena Polakova
Year of birth:
1901
City of birth:
Luze
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1971
City of death:
Luze
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Alterova
    Year of changing: 
    1921
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Emil Polak
Year of birth:
1895
City of birth:
Jicin
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1945
Died where:
Place unknown
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1900s

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