„God gives such difficult burdens only to those whom he knows will be able to endure it“
Dana Vargová was born in 1936 in the village of Bouzov. In 1962 she married Julius Varga, who was a Slovak Hungarian by origin. During the collectivization he had been forcibly relocated from southern Slovakia to Šumperk in northern Moravia. His parents were imprisoned by the communist regime. Their son Julius was born shortly after. The boy was completely healthy until he was nine years old. After a routine jaundice immunization, he began to suffer from a disease called dermatomyositis, where the immune system works against the body‘s tissues and gradually and mercilessly kills everything that is alive in one‘s body. Although Julius was bedridden he was hardly able to hold a pencil or turn a page his contorted hand, he fought injustice and helped others. He joined the Dominican Order and adopted the name Augustin and became one of the leaders of Catholic movement and the dissent in the Šumperk region. Together with his friends he printed samizdat publications and disseminated Catholic texts and various petition; therefore the Varga family house was under constant surveillance by the Secret Police. In November 1989, he was one of the leading persons in the struggle against the totalitarian regime in the town of Šumperk. He eventually succumbed to his disease in 1996. His mother Dana Vargová still lives in Šumperk.