The outside of Antonie Militka's work passbook

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  • Photo taken in:
    Terezin
    Year when photo was taken:
    1943
    Country name at time of photo:
    Protectorate of Bohemia/Moravia 1938-45
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
They summoned me to the transport of 7th April 1944. People designated for the transport were gathering by the Veletrzni Palac [Trade Fair Palace]. From there people went to Terezin, or elsewhere. On 9th April they moved us to the main station, where there was already a train waiting for 250 people from Brno and its surroundings. On this train they transported us to Terezin, to Bohusovice actually. At that time the tracks didn't lead directly into Terezin, those were built later. We walked from Bohusovice, where there were already people from Terezin waiting, and wagons onto which luggage was loaded. Everything was transported on these wagons, bread and corpses too. As soon as we arrived in Bohusovice, they took our luggage, as the way to Terezin was relatively long. Terezin is actually brick ramparts, it's a fortress. Everything in the camp was numbered and had a name. New prisoners were registered and told to hand in money and valuables, and that then we wouldn't have any problems. Otherwise they'd liquidate the entire transport. If everything takes place properly, that they'll assign us work and we'll have a better life here than soldiers at the front. But if they find money on one of us, or gold, medicine, or something of value, contraband, then all 250 will go to Auschwitz. Immense stress ensued. I'd found out that we were going onto the transport only a short time beforehand. Two of my mother's lady friends came, because my mother had half-collapsed from it, and all night they sewed marks into my garter belt.

Interview details

Interviewee: Antonie Militka
Interviewer:
Barbora Pokreis
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Brno, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Antonie Militka
Jewish name:
Rezi
Year of birth:
1928
City of birth:
Brno
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Michalova
    Year of changing: 
    1959
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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