FAMU students have written after the recording of the testimonies about some of the Daughters:
DAUGHTERS MARIE and EVA
They are the Mother (as well as the Daughter) and her Daughter. The communist regime sent to the communist concentration camp Marie´s father who was a war hero and the pilot of RAF, and soon after that also the husband of Marie. Eva thus lost her father and grandfather at the same time. They both were forced to face this brutal hit into their family life as well as the extremely difficult social situation in which they suddenly occurred. They bore this trauma with them, they feared and felt displaced. Despite all this, they decided to loose the fear and speak about their lives. They gave us possibility to compare the views of a mother and a daughter who both – and each of them differently – bore and still bear the burden that the brutal hit from the outside brought to their lives and privacy...
The story of Helena is in many aspects different from the stories of the other Daughters. Thanks to the fact that she came from a respectable and rich family from the First Czechoslovak Republic, the family wealth became non-voluntary “present” that ended in the hands of the leaders of the communist regime at that time. Further, the family attempted to escape in 1949 and this was, however, revealed. As a punishment for this attempt to escape, there came the imprisonment of the father and the forced displacing of the family to the periphery of the peripheries. The family was successful to leave the country twenty years later... Part of Helena´s life in the Swiss exile is a difference against most of the other Daughters. Thanks to it, Helena made the best of her touching life and gained self-confidence. This, however, does not take from her story the authenticity and pain...
She represents kind of “ideal picture of a Daughter“ (physically said and marked by mentioned inverted commas). In her case link together all the traumas, experiences, difficulties and burdens that all the Daughters of Enemies of the State had to suffer as a “punishment”. She lost her father, her boyfriend emigrated to Western Germany and she could not finish her studies. Despite all the slights and disfavour, she can speak of her life with admirable lightness and give convincing testimony of the bitter time and its victims...
She belongs to those Daughters who managed to spend at least part of the life outside the communist regime and to escape that brought her so much evil helped her to overcome the trauma, gain the life energy and optimism. Thanks to this, she can speak openly and with a grace about the imprisonment of her father (who was guilty by his craft), of the feelings of her displacement from the society, her desire to achieve as much as possible and thus prove that such fate could not destroy her life...
She was born in 1942 in a family of a tradesman who had his own shop in Malin by the town Kutna Hora. Their life was disturbed by the year 1948, when their business was confiscated with all the goods. From the owners, they started to be employees of the local (and their former) shop “Jednota” (in English “Unity”). In 1952, her father was imprisoned for 3, 5 years. Jana was ten years old at that time. She visited her father only once and saw him only for a little moment. Before the father came back, she lived with mother and an aunt only. She felt ashamed for the situation in the nursery school, but she knew her father was not a thief, nor murderer and this was important to her. When her father came back, nobody talked of his imprisonment. This silence remained until he died. After 1989, Jana started to search in the archives for the „crimes“ of her father and started the journey of searching for the Truth ...
She was born in 1947 in Novy Hrozenkov, in the region of Vsetin. Her mother was imprisoned in 1949, father two year later. They were both members of the illegal organisation called “Svetlana” (“Lady of the Light”). They received a sentence for high treason to 16 years of imprisonment. Dagmar grew up by the parents of her mother. In 1957, her mother was released during the amnesty. The father came back after 12 years. Dagmar studied industrial engineering school. She was sentenced for treasonous activities for 2 years in 1971, conditionally because she was pregnant. She worked in a flat agency until 1989. She is married and has two adult children. In 1990s, her parents and she were rehabilitated...
She was born in 1929 in Rudná u Prahy. Her mother was arrested in 1944 by German SS Army and till the end of the war she was imprisoned in “Small Fortress in Terezienstadt. Her father lived in the illegality. The grandfather and father of Miluška owned a saw-mill in Rozmital pod Tremsinem that was confiscated by the state after the war. In 1948, her father was sentenced by exceptional court for one year on the basis of the fabricated charge. In 1953, he was arrested and sentenced again, this time for 10 years of imprisonment. Miluška was arrested few months later and she received punishment for five years of imprisonment and she lost human rights for espionage, agitating and subverting the Socialistic Republic. She was married at that time already and had 2 years old son. She came back home during the amnesty in 1955. The father returned in 1960 and died shortly afterwards. He was rehabilitated in the second half of the 1960s. Miluska worked in the state company “Restaurants and Eating Rooms” as an accountant after she returned from the prison. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 she became a member of the Board of Representatives and since 1992 she was the mayor of small town Rudna u Prahy where she lives with her husband till now.-BS-
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