To Live is Forbiden

29.06.2008 | 14:28
To Live is Forbiden

To Live is Forbiden The book of the same title by Jan Rakytka describes life story of Felix Kolmer from his childhood to the end of the WWII. It is based on his personal memories, so the events, places, people and names are authentic. It freely continues audiovisual project of Steven Spielberg "Survivors of Shoah", where the story was digitally archived.

 

To Live is Forbiden

Little Felda (6 years) with his parents in Mariensbad

Felda, as he is called by his friends still today, was born in Prague, in the street Italská. Only several days after his school graduation, the occupation happens and it means the end of his studies as well. He educates to be a carpenter. He was deported to Terezín as one of the first victims – his serial number was 180. He had lived here until the year 1944 when he was transported to Osvětim. From here he managed to escape to one of the neighbouring camps, which hadn’t been connected to the one of Osvětim. Here he survived.

To Live is Forbiden

Felix (19 years) graduating, several days before his transport to Terezín

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Felix Kolmer gets married several days after his return from Osvětim

Prof. Kolmer has – due to his long work of a specialist and organizer – merit in development of the acustics in this country. In 1949 he started working in The Experimental Institute of Sound, Visual and Reproductive Technics in Prague, where he had been working until he retired. He had been a director for many years there. He has written – or has been a co-author – of about 200 publications, 24 of which had been published abroad. He was also a lecturer and assistant at the Technical University in Prague, is a member of the commitee of The Czech Acoustic Society, and a honest member of several acoustic societies abroad, in Poland, USA and Argentina. He has received numerous state honours in Czechoslovakia and in the Czech Republic for the development of physics and acoustics. Important honours has he got also in Argentina, Belgium and Germany.

To Live is Forbiden

With his wife – the fifties

We are those, I don’t know, if happy, or unhappy ones. For sure we have been lucky to live many years and had a nice life after that. We are simply those, who happened to survived, but not because we managed it, but because we were lucky.

Prof. Ing. Felix Kolmer, DrSc. is a chairman of Holocaust Victims Foundation and a vicepresident of the International Osvětim Commitee.

To Live is Forbiden

Felix‘s uncle in Vladivostok with Japanese refugees

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Felix‘s father as an Austro-Hungarian soldier (the first row, the forth from the right)

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Felix‘s father now as an Italian interbrigadier (the second from the left)

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Felix, as a member of the restitution negotiation...

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Felix receives one of many prices

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Felix accepted by the Spanish king Juan Carlos I, March 1976

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Felix today, only several days before his departure to Paris (for another honors)

 

 


The Memorial of Terezín
www.pamatnik-terezin.cz

 






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