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Jiřina Dupalová (1924) - Biography


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I just wished they would shoot me straight away

Jiřina Dupalová, née Jonášová, was born in 1924 in Kutná Hora. In 1928 her family moved to Košťálov, where her father owned a vinegar and mustard factory. During the war Jiřina went to study a language school in Prague. She lived in a girls' boarding house opposite the Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius in Resslova Street. From the window of her room she saw the Gestapo operation against the paratroopers who had assassinated (Deputy) Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich. As every young Czech born in 1924, she too was summoned to forced labour in the Reich. She dodged the assignment thanks to the director of the Semily aircraft engine factory, who confirmed that she was already assigned to work in his plant. After 1948 the Communists confiscated her father's factory, which was placed under the management of the local agricultural cooperative.

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