Gift of Milton and Gita Kaufman and Howard and Sue Pinsky
Id no. 1842.91a-d, Correspondence, Czech
Gita Hojtas wrote this letter while she was hospitalized with scarlet fever during her internment in the Terezin ghetto. In it, she tells her mother Gertrude that she is excited to move back in with her. She is feeling better and has received some care packages, including some drawings from her sister Zuzana. She asks if Zuzana has come down with the measles or mumps and reminisces about playing in the snow during past winters. She asks for some pastels, cardboard, and glue.
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.