Gift of Milton and Gita Kaufman and Howard and Sue Pinsky
Id no. 1843.91a-d, Correspondence, Czech
Gita Hojtas wrote this letter while she was hospitalized with scarlet fever during her internment in the Terezin ghetto. In the letter, she tells her mother Gertrude that she has received several packages and letters, including one from her aunt Erika. She congratulates her mother on her twelfth wedding anniversary and wishes that the entire family will be together the following year. She says that she can get up, though her ear is still oozing. She mentions the ward’s plans for St. Nicholas Day and Hanukkah and remembers Hanukkahs in Prague. She also asks for Gertrude to come to the window so that they can see each other.
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.