In July 1942, Gita Hojtasova (10 years old), Zuzana Hojtasova (7 years old), and their mother Gertrude were deported from their native Prague to the Terezin concentration camp/ghetto. They were liberated in 1945.

Gita and Zuzana wrote letters and drew pictures during their years in Terezin. These artifacts, donated to the Museum by the sisters and their husbands, are part of the Museum’s collection and are highlighted in the Museum’s new installation In Confidence: Holocaust History Told By Those Who Lived It. Below are a few selections of their artifacts on display at the Museum.

Gita Drawing 1942
In the fall of 1942, Gita was hospitalized. Suffering from illness and separated from her mother and sister, Gita was still was able to write letters—in pencil, on whatever paper was available. She often asked her “Golden Mommy” to come to the window so she could see her from afar.
Zuzana Drawing
Zuzana’s drawings in colored pencil, often on rag paper, show her expression of the complicated childhood that she endured in Terezin. On the back of Zuzana’s drawing of houses, trees, and people, there is text that translates: “Dear Mommy, I wish you all the best. Next year you should be at home.”
Zuzana Hearts and Flowers
On the back of one of her drawings, Zuzana wrote: “Mile Mamince (Dear Mommy) with heart and flowers.”
Hojtasova Sisters 1945
Photo of Gita (right) and Zuzana Hojtasova in Prague, 1945. Note that their clothes do not fit—their dresses are short, and their shoes are cut. It is shortly after liberation.