Ruzena Deutschova and her husband

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  • Photo taken in:
    Podebrady
    Year when photo was taken:
    1976
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic

This photo was taken of my husband and I in 1976 in the Podebrady Spa. My husband went every year to the spa, because he had heart problems, and I always escorted him. There was a clock here, he stayed here, and across from it was this clock and the stature.

In those times, a lot of Jews went to the spa. The old folks' home and the bet medresh were close by. The locals went there and the Jews who were getting treatments in the bath also, every Friday evening or Saturday morning. We also took part in the ceremony. There wasn't a rabbi in Podebrady, just a prayer leader.
My husband and I would often walk to the Labe river bank, to visit a museum, and then we went to the nearby Jewish cemetery. It wasn't an orthodox cemetery, people brought flowers to the graves of their loved ones.

In the summers, we vacationed in Luhacovice. While the children were small, my father also came with me. My husband came out on the weekends, so he was together with us on Saturday and Sunday. He rarely took a vacation. We took walks, had conversations. Every year we went on summer vacation. I've been to Karlovy Vary [Karlsbad] for problems with my gall bladder, as well as Bartfa for treatments. My husband had a heart attack, so every year for more than ten years we went to the spa in Podebrady.

We also went to company and union resorts [resort hotels/hostels for employee or member use]. We went to Balaton, and I always got my entrance pass to Karlovy Vary from the union. We first were awarded an travel permit abroad in 1977.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ruzena Deutschova
Interviewer:
Martin Korcok
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2004
Galanta, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Ruzena Deutschova
Jewish name:
Rivka
Year of birth:
1927
City of birth:
Dombo
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
after WW II:
Manager
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Rozalia Eilander
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
  • Previous family name: 
    Ruzena Eilanderova
    Year of changing: 
    1947
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Herman Deutsch
Jewish name:
Cvi
Year of birth:
1905
City of birth:
Zsigard
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1977
City of death:
Galanta
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Manager

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