My generation is a generation of great farewells
Hana Truncová witnessed dramas in the Czech borderland in the 1930s and 1940s and was a political prisoner in the 1950s. She was born as Hana Johnová on August 23, 1924, in the family of John John, who ran a large carpentry in Teplice. She and her family maintained friendly and business contacts with local Czechs, Germans and Jews. After the borderland was taken over, the family remained in Teplice, so the witness, for example, became a witness to the pogrom known later as Crystal Night in 1938. Already after 1945 Hana Johnová considered emigration because she did not share the inclination to the Communist Party, which at that time dominated the region. After 1948 she cooperated with a smuggler and helped several people to emigrate. In 1951 she, her father and her fiancé Otakar Čeněk Trunec were arrested and sentenced for high treason and espionage. Hana Johnová was sentenced to a thirteen-year sentence in working units in Kladno, Jilemnice and Varnsdorf and in Pardubice prison. She was released in early 1960 on probation before the coming amnesty. She married Otakar Cenek Trunec and they lived together in the village of Bohosudov. She worked as an auxiliary force in the manger, after 1968 as a clerk in the Čedok branch in Teplice. Once again, she helped several people to get abroad, thanks to her work in Čedok she could get them tickets. After 1989 she was involved in the organization of the Daughters of Political Prisoners, talked about her story at school discussions, and performed at the Mene Tekel festival.