Czechoslovakian Jewish doctor in Czechoslovakia, 1932-1938; officer commanded 29th Epidemiological Unit, Czechoslovakian Army, in Czechoslovakia, 9/1938; escaped from Czechoslovakia to GB, 4/1939; served with Czechoslovak Medical Mission in GB and Czechoslovakia, 1944-1945
REEL 1 Background in Iglo, Slovakia, 1907-1932: family; period as refugees in Vienna during First World War; education including Prague University to 1931; National Service with Czechoslovakian Army, 1931. Recollections of period as civilian doctor and officer commanding 29th Epidemiological Unit, Czechoslovakian Army in Czechoslovakia, 1932-1939: pathology work at Kosice Hospital and Bata Hospital at Zlin from 1932; role as commanding officer of 29th Epidemiological Unit, Czechoslovakian Army during Munich Crisis, 9/1938; offering to serve in British Empire at British Embassy in Prague. Aspects of escape from Czechoslovakia to GB, 4/1939: train journey and problems entering Netherlands; obtaining visa for Netherlands in Cologne; how he had made British friends in Czechoslovakia, pre 1938; incidents at SS Barracks in Westphalia.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of period with Czechoslovak Medical Mission in GB and Czechoslovakia, 1944-1945: securing job as pathologist, 1944; journey from GB to Czechoslovakia, 1945; work as pathologist at Kosice, 1945; how his British born wife joined in Czechoslovakia, 7/1945. Decision to leave Communist Czechoslovakia, 1948. Conditions and fate of family in Slovakia during Second World War. Recollections of period as doctor in GB, 1939-1944: entry of Germans into Prague, 15/3/1939; purchase of tickets to London and Amsterdam and exit permits; arrival in GB, 4/1939; period as student at School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; attitude of doctors to medical refugees entering GB, 1939.
REEL 3 Continues: his job as visiting register at Royal Free Hospital, 1939; accident when aiding move of hospital to Watford; financial aid from Czech Refugee Trust Fund during Second World War; acceptance as student at University College Hospital, 1940; his job as a pathologist at Hammersmith Hospital, 1942-1944. Resumption of career on return to GB, 1948. Lack of discrimination against him in GB.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.