Gift of Milton and Gita Kaufman and Howard and Sue Pinsky
Id no. 1827.91, Correspondence, Czech
Gita Hojtas wrote a letter to her mother Gertrude on the back of this poem, about eating fruits and vegetables to keep healthy. At the time, Gita was hospitalized with scarlet fever during her internment in the Terezin ghetto. The name “Pipko” and the Czech words for “very much needed” are handwritten into the poem. In the letter, Gita asks her mother to send her marmalade.
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.