Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Zwi Steiger - March 27, 1982

Leaving Czechoslovakia

So you completed your medical education in Prague?

I completed my medical edu...finished my medical education in Prague and then I, I--after three months later I escaped Czechoslovakia and went to Israel.

And what year was that?

That--I escaped in '49 in December, and you ask me how do I remember this? It was September the 31st and '49, and in February the--I stayed in, in uh, Vienna to escape through Czechoslovakia through the Russian zone through the--to Vienna to the uh, American occupied--into the American occupied zone. And from there again through the Russian occupied zone to Salzburg and from there to Israel. And I arrived there in February 1950.

Why is it that you had to escape from Czechoslovakia?

Why did I have to escape Czechoslovakia? Czechoslovakia is new in '48 in February was taken over--February 28th by the...

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