Ruth Goetzova with her children

Ruth Goetzova with her children
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Year when photo was taken:
    1957
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945 - 1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This is a picture of me and my kids, Rene and Miluska. It was taken in 1957, at home in Prague. I've always loved children, as a girl I had wanted to become a children's doctor. When I returned from the prison camp, doctors told me that I shouldn't count on being able to get pregnant. I was very disappointed by this and so I was in no hurry to get married. Then I met one divorced man, who was taking care of a six-year-old girl named Miluska. So I said to myself, that if I couldn't have my own child, why couldn't I at least raise someone else's. I got married in 1955, and the following year I got pregnant and had a son, Rene. When Rene was born, his father wanted to have him registered with the Jewish Community. But I refused. I said to myself, that if he will at some time feel himself to be Jewish, let him register himself, and that I don't want to decide for him. I didn't bring him up in a Jewish way very much. In our family my grandfather was the last person that observed Jewish traditions in at least some fashion. Although my son is interested in my past, he himself doesn't feel Jewish.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ruth Goetzová
Interviewer:
Pavla Neuner
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Ruth Goetzová
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Chemnitz
Country name at time of birth:
Germany
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant

Other Person

Rene Goetz
Year of birth:
1956
City of birth:
Prague

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Jewish Museum in Prague
Date of interview:
1999

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