Ota Gubic with his friend Ervin Kleinman

Ota Gubic with his friend Ervin Kleinman
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prievidza
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
This is a photograph of me and my friend Ervin Kleinman. The picture was taken in the 1930s somewhere around Prievidza. During my school years I had a very good friend, Vladko [Vladimir] Kuhra. Vladko was the son of the Czech forest warden Kuhra. He had two or three sisters. I was friends with them, too. Vladko was my best friend, and then also Lacko [Ladislav] Kelermen, the son of the president of the Neolog Jewish religious community in Prievidza. Already in prewar times we felt anti-Semitism, to this day I still remember the insulting sayings that Christian children used to yell at us at Dreveny [Wooden] Ring. That's where we used to play soccer matches, Jews against the Christians. Once we'd win, once they'd win, but usually it would end with them yelling insults at us. We also used to yell things, like ?Christian, Catholic, crapped on a stick....? I don't know how it continued.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ota Gubic
Interviewer:
Barbora Pokreis
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2005
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Ota Gubic
Year of birth:
1922
City of birth:
Prievidza
Occupation
after WW II:
Manual laborer
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Otto Gubitsch
    Reason for changing: 
    Communist ideology
    Decade of changing: 
    1950

Other Person

Ervin Kleinman
Decade of birth:
1920

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