Ruth Goetzova with her mother Hilda Lasova and stepsister Vera

Ruth Goetzova with her mother Hilda Lasova and stepsister Vera
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Year when photo was taken:
    1931
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
This is a picture of me and my mother, Hilda Lasova (nee Krauskopfova) holding my little stepsister Vera. It was taken in 1931 in Prague. My parents' marriage didn't last long, and they divorced after four years. After that, my mother returned with me to Prague. About a year after we returned to Prague from Germany, she married for a second time, a Czech Jew named Ota Las, who came from Serlovice near Tabor. He was born in 1898. They were married at the Old Town Hall in Prague, and didn't have a Jewish wedding. My stepfather and I got along very well; he treated me wonderfully. In 1930 my mother had a daughter, Vera, whom she loved very much. Although my mother and I lived in the same building, we didn't see much of each other. I was with my grandfather, and my mother had started a new family. Our relationship was very unusual, and was far from a warm and cozy mother-daughter relationship. Later I always took care of her when it was necessary, because in the end she was my mother, but I don't remember her ever giving me a hug or kiss.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Hilda Lasova
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Prague
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1963
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Krauskopfova
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1920
  • Previous family name: 
    Goetzova
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

Other Person

Vera Lasova
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Prague

Additional Information

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

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