Letter from Ghita Hojtasova in the hospital to her mother
Gift of Milton and Gita Kaufman and Howard and Sue Pinsky
Id no. 1819.91a-c, Correspondence, Czech
Created by:  Ghita Hojtasova
Subject(s):  Children, Health, Food
Gita Hojtas wrote this letter to her mother Gertrude in 1943 while Gita was hospitalized with scarlet fever during her internment in the Terezin ghetto. In the letter, Ghita explains that she received packages and asks for other items that she would like to have sent to her, including a scarf. She also describes her ear problems and urges her mother not to worry about her fever.

Gita was born to Gertrude and Emil Hojtas in 1932. Her sister Zuzana was born in 1935 and the family lived in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Emil emigrated before Germany invaded in 1939, but he was unable to take the rest of the family with him.

Gertrude, Gita, and Zuzana were deported to Terezin in 1942. Despite the harsh conditions there, they survived and were reunited with Emil in Czechoslovakia. The family immigrated to the US in 1948.
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