You could escape from Theresienstadt. But where would you go?
Hanuš Hron was born June 18, 1925 in Most under the name Hanuš Weinstein. His father worked as an ENT doctor. The family had to seek shelter in Prague after the occupation of Sudetenland. Hanuš’s father tried to move the family abroad at the beginning of the Protectorate. Before he could arrange everything his wife and both kids were called in a transport to Theresienstadt. Sixteen-year-old Hanuš, who had been an apprentice in waterworks before that, got a job as pumps and pipes repairman which protected him, his mother and sister from the transports to the east. In 1944 he volunteered to work in Germany for several months, building a camp for SS officers together with other Jewish prisoners. He spent the end of the war in Theresienstadt, soon after that he set out to Prague with a convoy of Russian soldiers. He became a member of the Communist Party after the war, worked in a pump factory in Lutín near Olomouc and later as an employee of the Czechoslovak Union of Youth in Třinec ironworks. He was, however, expelled from the Party after the show trial with Rudolf Slánský and the new wave of antisemitism. He spent the following years working as a laborer in Ostrava a Most regions. In 1968 he won an open competition for a factory director in Nejdek but was deprived of this post after the August 1968 Warsaw Pact Invasion. He worked in the Chodos company in Chodov near Karlovy Vary until 1989.