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Ladislava Guričová (1938) - Biography

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The devil took it all away, my mom used to say

Ladislava Guričová was born on 26 December 1938 into the family of a farmer and mayor of Střelná Josef Ptáček. After the war the family lost part of their estate to Vsetín's arms factory. Further estates were confiscated from them by the communists following the events of February 1948. The Ptáček family lost the rest of their property in 1950 when Ladislava's father was sentenced to prison time for his support to the resistance anti-communist group Světlana. Since 1953 Ladislava worked in a worker's profession because she was not allowed to study any further. Her father returned from prison only in 1958 and died of the consequences a year later. In 1960 Ladislava got married and soon after gave birth to a child. She applied for a night high-school but was prevented from studying. After the fall of communism she served as member of the local assembly in Valašské Klobouky. At present she occasionally attends schools and discusses life in totalitarian Czechoslovakia with the students.

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