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Dr. Hans Polach  |  Elizabeth Adler Polach


 

 

Hans Polach was born 10.12.1899. He was raised in Bruenn, the eldest of three sons to his parents Johann and Katherina. His father Johann a professor of Latin and Greek, later served as Senator in the Czechoslovak Parliament.

 

Hans studied to become a lawyer. He loved nature and would go on long hikes with his friends . There he also met his future wife, Liesl Adler. Together they went mountain climbing, or swimming.They both played the piano quite well and often went to concerts. Hans was interested in history and geography, he spent his free time perusing the atlas or reading, especially old classics.

 

After their marriage in 1927 he and Liesl moved to Prague where he was employed in the law department of the Social Security Institute. Their only child, Dita,  was born in 1929. With the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, he was dismissed from his post and suffered all the restrictions and humiliations the Germans imposed on the Jews, and finally he and his family were deported to Ghetto Theresienstadt. A little over a year later, they were sent from there to the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Hans endured the hunger and cold for only 6 weeks. He died on February 5. 1944, a so-called natural death, thereby being spared death in the gas-chambers, which was the fate of the rest of the camp inmates.