Milena Prochazkova with her father Ervin Kosiner

Milena Prochazkova with her father Ervin Kosiner
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Atelier Carola Praha
This picture is from the year 1936 or 1937, that's me with my father Ervin Kosiner. They took our picture at a studio in Prague. My father was a big joker, he loved humor. He worked very hard all his life, today they call it being a workaholic. That's exactly him. I would never see him until the evening. He was born on 16th June 1900 in Bukoly, near Kralupy, and then attended Czech Technical University in Prague. He studied civil engineering and worked all his life as a structural engineer - he designed large chemical plants. That's why during the war he was transferred to the Wulkow concentration camp as chief engineer. During World War I my father was in the army as a gunner. From 1917 to 1918, so he was 17 when he joined up. I don't know what front he was at. The only thing he talked about was how horribly he hated it. His butt was constantly sore, because the gunners pulled cannons around with horses, so he was permanently on a horse. But he didn't recall it in a particularly negative fashion, we're a family that doesn't return to what's past. He would usually tell funny stories - which runs in the family - about the food, what they cooked for them there, and about the horses and how he couldn't stand it and how he was horribly afraid of horses. But where exactly he was, he perhaps didn't even talk about that. It, of course, wasn't his wish to be in the artillery, they stuck him there, due to the horses he probably wouldn't have picked it voluntarily. I didn't have any siblings. Though in 1934, when I was four, my parents had a baby boy, Jan, but he had a serious congenital chest defect and died while still a baby. He lived to the age of five months. It was evidently some sort of genetic defect. I've most likely also got it, a congenital heart defect, but in my case it's somehow been overcome. It's possible that I've got it from my father, even though a heart attack doesn't have anything to do with a congenital defect.

Interview details

Interviewee: Milena Procházková
Interviewer:
Zuzana Strouhová
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2005
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Ervin Kosiner
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Bukoly u Kralup
Year of death:
1972
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Expert in heavy structural engineering
after WW II:
Expert in heavy structural engineering

Other Person

Milena Procházková
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Prague
Occupation
after WW II:
Laboratory technician
  • Previous family name: 
    Kosinerová
    Year of changing: 
    1951
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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