Gift of Milton and Gita Kaufman and Howard and Sue Pinsky
Id no. 1821.91a-c, Correspondence, Czech
Gita Hojtas wrote this letter to her mother Gertrude while Gita was hospitalized with scarlet fever during her internment in the Terezin ghetto. In the letter, Gita explains that she doesn't think she has mumps. She describes her temperature and how much she is allowed to walk, and says she wants her mother and sister Zuzka (Zuzana) to go to the window to see her. She also asks for some clothing and expresses that she wants to live with her mother when she gets out.
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.