Laska, Vera, 1923- Edit

Summary

Agent Type
Person

Dates

  • 1923 – 2005-12-11 (Existence)

Name Forms

  • Laska, Vera, 1923-

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  • Biography/Historical Note

    Věra Láska (198-2005) was born Věra Oravec in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. Košice is a city in eastern Slovakia, close to the Hungarian border. Věra was not Jewish but she went to an all-girls public school and had many Jewish friends. She unwittingly joined the resistance when she and her friend Magda, both expert skiers, agreed to lead two men from Slovakia to Hungary who lacked proper identification papers. Over the next several years, Věra made about a dozen such trips leading hundreds of political and Jewish refugees as part of an underground railroad from Slovakia to Hungary to Yugoslavia and beyond. In the spring 1943, Věra was arrested after being caught with false papers she had used during her trips across the border. After being jailed in her hometown for about a month, Věra was deported to Auschwitz II-Birkenau as a political prisoner. Liberators took her to Prague and she lived there for a few years and worked on investigating war criminals for the Czech War Crime Commission while also studying at the city’s Charles University. In the late 1940s, she came to America to study at the University of Chicago. Throughout her career, she wrote several books, including some about women and resistance during the Holocaust.