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JUDr. Evžen Basch (1925 - 2016) - Biography


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In front of everybody else, I had to say that I had been in two German concentration camps and that I wasn’t starving in Jáchymov

JUDr. Evžen Basch was born April 2, 1925, in Prague into a Czech-Jewish mixed marriage. His father Viktor worked in a soap factory in Prague and later bought a smaller soap factory in Roudnice nad Labem. After moving to Roudnice, Evžen completed elementary school and began to study at a state-ran Real Gymnasium. On June 20, 1942, together with other students, Evžen was arrested and taken to the Small Fortress of Theresienstadt for allegedly plotting the assassination of the local German school director Alfred Bauer. The Gestapo released him from prison on Dec. 6, 1942. However, Evžen was assigned to forced labor in the Mewa (Metallwarenindustrie) company in Roudnice. As a Jewish half-breed, Evžen was deported to the newly established camp in Postoloprty on September 20, 1944. In May 1945, he escaped from the camp and after the war he completed grammar school in Roudnice. His father, however, did not survive the war and died in the extermination camp in Auschwitz. After graduation, Evžen Basch left to study law at Charles University in Prague, but his plans were ruined by his arrest on December 26, 1948. His arrest was linked to his activities in the anticommunist group Šeřík (Lilac). He was detained in Litoměřice and Pankrác. The court subsequently sentenced him to three years and Evžen served his term in prisons in Prague (St. Bartholomew Street) and Jachymov (Mariánská camp). After his release in 1951, he worked in the Municipal Corporation and as a lawyer in the national company Restaurants and Canteens in Litoměřice. He died June 16 2016.

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When: 07/12/2014 22:25:14
Author: Luděk Jirka, Other specialisation: collector
Title: poslední kapitola
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