Vera Hozáková

Vera Hozáková, born on 10-28-1917 in the Czech Republic, joins the Communist Party in 1938. She is arrested for contacting a well-known, underground communist on the party's instructions. In January of 1942 she is deported to the women's concentration camp Ravensbrück. Vera Hozáková experiences liberation but remains in Ravensbrück until the end of May to care for her sick, immobilized friends. Upon her return home she marries her fiancé, who has waited for her, the very same year. She bears four children and works as an architect. Today she lives in Hradec Kralóve. Three things, according to Vera Hozáková, helped her to survive the concentration camp: poems, friendships and the hope for a future. All of the sound sequences included in this project are excerpts from an interview that Constanze Jaiser did with Ms Hozáková in Hradec Kralóve in December of 1997.

Voices from Ravensbrück   © Pat Binder