Textiles: Czech Republic

Testimony and Textiles

Czech Republic

In the early 20th century, Josef Sochor and Paula Bauer established a textile print factory in Dvur Králové, Czechoslovakia. The company quickly became a world leader, pioneering new technologies, and by the 1930s employed over 2,000 people with branches worldwide. After the German occupation, the company was declared a Jewish company and was confiscated. Of Paula and Josef ’s five sons, only two survived. The Czech fabric in the Wagner Family Quiet Study, honors the important cultural and artistic tradition of printed cotton with floral patterns intricately sewn in Czech designs. The Visual History Archive contains more than 1,100 testimonies taken in what is now the Czech Republic.

Learn more about the collection of testimonies from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.