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Eliáš Luděk

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Actor; Stage Director; Director/Principal (* 1923/7/29 Slaný, † 2018/7/10 Ostrava)

At the start of the war, he was attending the real gymnasium (secondary grammar school) in Slaný. Three years later, he was interned at Terezín where, influenced by the “Kameradschaftsabend” theatre evenings, he decided to become involved in theatre. Also at Terezín, he met his future wife Eva Langerová (the niece of František Langer). He later passed through the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps as well. After the war, he did his military service with the Vít Nejedlý Army Artists’ Ensemble. He later acted with theatres in Slaný (1947–48), Písek (1948/49), České Budějovice (1950–55), and Ostrava (Petr Bezruč Theatre, 1956–80; director 1961–66). He also worked with the Ostrava television and radio studio and acted in many films and television programs.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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