Irma Lauscherova at a maternity hospital

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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Year when photo was taken:
    1937
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic

This photo is from 1937, from the maternity hospital in Prague where I was born.

My mother, Irma Lauscherova, nee Kohnova, was born in 1904 in Hermanuv Mestec in the Chrudim region. It was a Czech region, even her parents were already purely Czech-speaking Jews. My mother attended Czech schools and graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University in Prague. She actually didn’t have a PhD, just state exams, and then went to work as a teacher right away. She became a teacher at a Jewish school on Jachymova Street in Prague. She began teaching Grade 1 while she was still at university.

We belonged to the middle class. My mother taught at a school and my father worked in a small furriery. It was managed by its Jewish owner, and my father was in charge of sales and production. There was an accountant, then just a master tradesman and some workers. My father used to take the train out of Prague to go to the factory. We didn’t have a car.

Interview details

Interviewee: Michaela Vidlakova
Interviewer:
Pavla Neuner
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Irma Lauscherova
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Hermanuv Mestec
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1985
City of death:
Prague
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher
after WW II:
Teacher
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kohnova
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1930
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