Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Zoltan Rubin - January 12, 1983

Relations with Non-Jews

Was there any anti-Semitism that you remember in uh, in Czechoslovakia?

In Czechoslovakia we lived...I don't think there was any country in the world. I don't know how it was outside, but we, as Jews, we had all the freedom. We could be...There was no numerous clauses, there was no stopping going from school. You could go, you could go to school. You could, you could become uh, president as far as, as far as... Everything possible. And we had quite a few uh, representatives in the, in the senate. Jews.

Orthodox Jews?

Mm-hm. Not necessarily, you know, automatically it happens so that automatically when you became uh, you run for politics, you, you didn't, you didn't go with a beard. But, there was...As I understand, there was one from...Doctor Kugle, from uh, Munkacs. He was a representative and he, but no, he didn't have a beard. But there were Jews. We could go any place we wanted. We could uh, uh, become doctors and lawyers and anything. There was no limit. I would say we had, we had...As a matter of fact, I think that in Czechoslovakia, we had, the Jews had more power than, than, than the other part.

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