Zdeněk Eliáš was one of two co-authors who wrote the play The Smoke of Home in the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto.
Zdeněk Eliáš (né Eckstein) was born 28th May 1920 and grew up in the Bohemian town of Slaný, about 35 km northwest of Prague. He was deported from Prague to Terezín (Theresienstadt) on 16th July 1942. The Smoke of Home was the only work he wrote in the ghetto. He was deported to Auschwitz on 18th May 1944, where he spent some weeks in the so-called ‘family camp’ at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was selected for labor and sent to Schwarzheide, a satellite camp of Sachsenhausen. He was liberated in Sachsenhausen in April 1945. After the Communists rose to power in Czechoslovakia he emigrated to West Germany and later to the US. He died in Seattle on February 2, 2000.