Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Regina Cohen - April 18, 1982


What kind of school did you go to?

I went to the um, it's a Hebrew school. It um, what do you call it here, uh.

Like a cheder?

No uh, like a...

Private school?

...Hillel, private Hebrew school, which taught all the requirements. Until, okay, 'til 19--the age, I was 193...in 1938 um, the beginning of '39 there was--World War II broke out. And my--was mobilization. My father was taken into the military. And from there on things were just going downhill for all the Jews.


Including schooling for children, which had to be done as sort of uh, half days here and in secret rather than--public school was not permitted for a Jewish child.

Well, before 1939 you went to a public school?

No, it was private.

And you went all day?

All day. It's like the Hillel day school.

Did you have a half a day of Hebrew and a half day of your other subjects?

No, we had all the subjects, a full day, one hour of Hebrew.

Oh I see. Was it a Czech speaking school?

It was a Czech until uh, Hungary took it over.

In 1939.

Right and then we had to switch to Hungarian and exclude the Czech totally.

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