Viktor Vohryzek

Viktor Vohryzek
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  • Photo taken in:
    Pardubice
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Atelier Stoklas in Pardubice
This is a picture of Viktor Vohryzek, taken in the Atelier Stoklas in Pardubice in the 1910s. Viktor was the brother of my grandmother Filipina Vohryzkova, was active in the Czech-Jewish movement. He was a doctor, writer, founder of a bi-weekly, later weekly magazine, ?Rozvoj? [Development], who progammatically publicized critiques of the older generation. He was the co-founder of the Society of Progressive Czech Jews, which in time became the main organization of the Czech-Jewish movement. Viktor supplied the movement with a new ideological foundation - he and his successors considered assimilation to be first and foremost a religio-ethical matter. They felt Czech nationality to be an unchanging fact, somewhat complicated by Jewish origins. They didn't consider being Czech as a question of language or nationality, but a religio-ethical problem, a matter of spiritual standard and culture. Viktor Vohryzek was greatly respected by everyone in our family, they were influenced by him and tried to live by his legacy.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jiri Franek
Interviewer:
Dagmar Greslova
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2005
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Viktor Vohryzek
Year of birth:
1864
City of birth:
Prestavlky
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1918
City of death:
Pardubice
Country of death:
Austria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Doctor

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