Petr Kovanic with relatives

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  • Jahr:
    1922
    Ländername:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Name des Landes heute:
    Czech Republic

This is my uncle Petr Kovanic with my sister Gertruda Kowanitzova, nee Kovanicova (in the front) and two of my cousins, Milan Flusser and Pavel Stransky.

The picture was taken in 1922 at some summer meeting of our family. Petr was my dad’s twin.

Petr had a little workshop in Liberec for calculating machines, something like calculators; it was called Mira.

Anyway, some trustee who wanted it denounced him as a spy. Peter was executed in the concentration camp Flossenburg in Germany. He had two sons, Heinzi and Harry, but they also perished.

My sister was born in 1921 in Prague. She was seven years older than me. I think she went to a Czech high school and then to a private school of advertising. She then got a job in an office somewhere and drew for fashion magazines, from which she earned a living on the side.

She was very clever and good with her hands. She could speak French and German and was really smart and beautiful. She could also play the piano, even though we didn't have one.

Mum was really skilful - she made clothes for us and she always sewed something for me with whatever material was left from a dress she had just made for my sister.

Needless to say, my sister wasn't happy about this - she said she went around in the same clothes as I did and that everyone would see the brat was my sister - because when she went on a date, I used to loiter behind her with a friend. In fact, we liked each other a lot, but we only realized this during the war, when it was too late for everything.

Interview details

Interviewte(r): Anna Hyndrakova
Interviewt von:
Pavla Neuner
Monat des Interviews:
June
Jahr des Interviews:
2003
Prague, Tschechien

HAUPTPERSON

Petr Kovanic
Geburtsjahr:
1891
Geburtsort:
Kolin
Geburtsland:
Österreich
Todesjahr:
1940
Todesort:
Flossenburg
Sterbeort (Land):
Deutschland
Todesort:
Flossenburg
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Andere Person

Gertruda Kowanitzova
Geburtsjahr:
1921
Geburtsort:
Prague
Todesjahr:
1944
Todesort:
Auschwitz
Sterbeort (Land):
Poland
Todesort:
Auschwitz
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Journalist/editor
  • Vorheriger Familienname: 
    Kovanicova
    Jahr der Namensänderung: 
    1941
    Grund der Namensänderung: 
    Marriage

Weitere Informationen

Ebenfalls interviewt von:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History FoundationJewish Museum in Prague

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