Doc. MUDr. Michal Kroó

* 1923  †︎ 2016

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Those who entered the Jewish labour corps were paradoxically very lucky

Michal Kroó was born on 18 January 1923 into an assimilated Jewish family in Mukacheve, Subcarpathian Ruthenia, which was part of Czechoslovakia at the time. He attended local primary and grammar schools, but when Subcarpathian Ruthenia was occupied by Hungary on 14 March 1939, he was assigned to forced labour in the Hungarian army; he served on Hungarian territory. Toward the end of the war he hid in the Swiss embassy in Budapest, where he was liberated by the Red Army. After the war he studied medicine at Charles University in Prague and later worked as a neurosurgeon in Hradec Králové and at the Military Medical Academy in the same city.