Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eva Cigler - March 17, 1982

Family III

Would you uh, describe your family as Orthodox, according to today's standards?

Uh, according--not too Orthodox, no.

Did your mother shave her hair?

Uh, she had shaved her hair uh, when they was I'm sure married. But when we was growing up she didn't have too much--she had hair, but she had to uh, put the babushka on you know.

To cover her head.

Yeah, but later on she let it grow when the Hungarian came because she was afraid to put the...

The wig on.

wig on or something you know.

So you had to hide your Jewishness.


And when you were living under the Czech government you didn't have to hide.

No, there was a free country just like uh, here. You're free to go anyplace, travel anyplace where you want. And you don't have to be afraid uh, nobody going to bother you.

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