Janovice nad Úhlavou
Náměstí 59-60, 340 21 Janovice nad Úhlavou, Czech Republic
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My dad said goodbye and went to Germany

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The Iron Curtain strongly affected the lives of the exiles and so-called “kopečkáři,” people who were caught and imprisoned while attempting to illegally cross the border. However, the fates of some of the other “victims,” such as the families of emigrants who were left behind in socialist Czechoslovakia, have sometimes fallen into oblivion. Aloisie Pauerová was born in 1946. When she was two, her father Miroslav Suchan fled the country. He had previously worked as a drug store attendant in the Western Bohemian town of Janovice nad Úhlavou. He first escaped to West Germany, then eventually to Brazil, where he tragically died in 1958. In 1950, Aloisie's mother was arrested by the national security for sending her husband a letter in which she wrote that the kids were alright. She received a heavy fine and was sentenced to a year in prison. Aloisie’s father wasn’t the only one from the family who fled. After the communist coup, her uncle resorted to emigration as well, and her aunt subsequently spent 11 years in prison for treason. Aloisie, her two siblings, and two cousins were taken care of by her grandparents, who had to work very hard to feed all of the children despite their old age. The family frequently suffered from poverty and sometimes didn’t even have the money to buy food.

Aloisie Pauerová, née Suchanová

Aloisie Pauerová, née Suchanová

After a difficult childhood, Aloisie married and established her own family. She did not finish her grammar-school studies and started to work at a dairy farm. She was later employed at the Okula factory in Nýrsko, where she studied at an extramural evening school of engineering. She also worked for the railways. She has been active in the Confederation of Political Prisoners in Klatovy.

Janovice nad Úhlavou

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The small town of Janovice is located in the neighborhood of Klatovy. In the 1920s, it was known primarily as the headquarters of the army. One of the largest and most modern barracks in Bohemia was situated here. The soldiers did not leave the town until 2004.

Janovice nad Úhlavou

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My dad said goodbye and went to Germany

My dad said goodbye and went to Germany

Aloisie Pauerová, née S…
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