Dagmar Lieblova: From Bohemia to Belsen…and back again

Dagmar Lieblova, although in her 80s, is a tireless lecturer at the Terezin (Theresienstadt) Memorial.  She meets and conducts classes with Czech, Austrian and German, as well as British and Americans students.  Equally at home in three languages, Dr. Lieblova, a sprightly grandmother with a ready smile, shares with these teenagers stories of her own teenage years–when she and her family were uprooted from their comfortable home in a small town near Prague, and sent to Terezin.  When Dr. Lieblova tells them, “Things were not so bad in Terezin– compared to what I went through next,” they can only imagine what she’s about to tell them.

Working closely with Centropa on this film about her life, Dr. Lieblova shared with us scores of old family pictures.  One of her primary motives for making this film was to pay tribute to Fanyka, the family cook, who not only raised Dr. Lieblova, but nursed her back to health after the war, and then went on to raise her children, too.