as a film maker, I am always making stuff or editing stuff..
So here we are.. a preview of my new movie!
Name: Tomas Kulka
DOB: May 25th, 1934
DOD (date of death): May 8th, 1942
Age : 7
Tomas Kulka was born on May 25th, 1934 in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia (which is now the Czech Republic). He was the only child born to Robert Kulka and Elsa Skutezka. On the 15th of March in 1939 just before Tomas turned 5, the Germans occupied the cities of Bohemia and Moravia, which also included the city of Brno. After New Year’s Day in 1940, Tomas and his family were taken from their home, but Robert Kulka remained in Brno, in order to save his business. Later on, Tomas’s family was forced to sell their house. They were taken to the Terezin Ghetto on March 31st, 1942. Unfortunately, on May the 9th, 1942, he and his maternal grandmother were deported to Sobibor Death Camp in Lublin, Poland where they were both gassed upon their arrival. Tomas was only 7 years of age when he was put into a chamber full of people, where he would suffocate on Zyklon B Gas. He is now ash mixed in with dirt that people now walk on if they visit Sobibor. His parents, however, were deported to the Ossowa forced-labor camp for Jews. His parents died there.
Aside from being a film historian and lover, I seem to have been drawn to Holocaust. This has been a passion since I was 7 years old. Yes, 7. When I was a senior in High school, I managed to track down a few survivors, and submit a few “Page of Testimonies” for Yad Vashem. Their main goal is to identify every person who died in the Holocaust. Trying to keep up with the survivors can be tricky. Because they are getting old and they may not remember me. But, luckily, I spoke to Peter Feigl (Pictured below) and I’m known to him as “Katie” (Which to me, doesn’t matter) and he was so sweet to speak to! He was the first survivor that I interviewed over the telephone when I was senior in High school. He had reccomended me a book entitled “Hidden on the Mountain”. I was at the time writing a book called “Lives that Matter” (I’m still working on it, since now I have to try and choose the people I want to fully write about). This book included Peter and the ladies below: Renee and Edith Kann. Renee is now Ms. Renee Kann Silver and Edith Kann Roth had passed away. In 2009, I managed to write this book in a notebook that I still have today , but it needs a ton of work! A lot of work! When I am now 22, I can still write this book and fully get it going. This is also what I stand for, are these people who fully survived and for those who died during the Holocaust. But now, I can fully understand why I was different growing up as a child. Yes, knowing these lives, who were now dead, I always felt that it was my right and my responsibility to keep them going. So, if you see a book come out about Holocaust children, that’s from me.