Holocaust Museum Houston presents Intimacy and Persecution: Intermarried Families in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during the Holocaust
In this talk, Tatjana Lichtenstein will explore the experiences of intermarried families, Jews and non-Jews, during the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands (today’s Czech Republic). As in Germany and Austria, the number of people considered by the Nazi authorities to be in mixed marriages or people of mixed ancestry was substantial.
These individuals inhabited a particular place in the Nazi radical order, one of relative privilege vis-a-vis Jewish families. Yet, their history is not well understood. Because of their initial exemptions from the harshest anti-Jewish legislation, including deportation, after the war, intermarried individuals themselves, other Jewish survivors as well as scholars downplayed the gravity and significance of these individuals’ experiences.
In her talk, Lichtenstein will examine the fate of intermarried families and what this history can tell us about the Holocaust.