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Trávová Hana

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Pedagogue (* 1925/9/10 Bor u Tachova, † 2021/4/23 Praha)

Trávová started secondary school in 1936, but the Nuremberg race laws prevented her from graduating. The same laws forced her to leave the Sokol athletic association. She was also a member of the Czechoslovak Scouts. She eventually did a requalifying course in physical education, but from 1939 until the end of the Second World War she was interned at Terezín concentration camp, where she worked in a woodworking shop. She also attended music and dance performance, and after liberation she took a three-month secondary school equivalency course so she could study history and physical education at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Education. After graduating in 1950, she began to teach physical education at the university’s medical and education faculties, and in 1953 she began teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts. She later joined the Department of Physical Education at DAMU, where she worked until 1988.

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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