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Marie Vaculíková (1925) - Biography

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Marie Vaculíková, née Komárková, was born on November 25, 1925, in Spešov near Blansko. Her mother was an MP, her father worked in Zbrojovka Brno, had a function in the Sokol organisation and was a secretary of the National Socialist party. She had a sister named Miroslava, who was four years her senior. She attended the primary school in Spešov and then secondary school in Blansko. Her mother died when she was seven and her father remarried. During the war she was an apprentice in Baťa factory in Zlín, where she witnessed an U.S. raid in 1944. From here she was transferred to the factory in Zruč nad Sázavou, where she worked first as a correspondent, then as a teacher. In 1948 she moved to the frontier town of Františkov near Benešov nad Ploučnicí. Here she started her relationship with Ludvík Vaculík, whom she knew from Zlín. In 1949 she married him and gradually they had sons Martin, Ondřej and Jan. They started working in Prague as educators, Vaculík then embarked on his path of a writer, editor and journalist. Thanks to her husband, she started working for the Czechoslovakian Radio, in the 1970s, however, she had to leave and take up a job in marital counselling. It was due to her husband’s activities that the Secret Police focused on him since 1967, and it even got worse after Charter 77. Their flat was constantly bugged. In 1990s, two books of her letters to Jiří Kolář were published, followed by a book-long interview with Pavel Kosatík Já jsem oves (I am oats, 2002).

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