Postbellum

Memory of Nation

 

Miloš Šuchma (1940)

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  Miloš Šuchma (1940)
I emigrated to avoid my father's fate

Drunken Russian soldiers

"I remember it very well. Suddenly, a sidecar drove into the yard with two male and one female Russian soldier. They were already pretty drunk. They stormed into our kitchen and asked for vodka. My aunt and uncle were a bit frightened but they brought them some plum brandy and food. One of the soldiers handed me a gun and told me to have a shot from it. In that very kitchen. The gun was bigger than my hand, I had never seen anything like that. I handed it back to him and he then riddled my aunt's ceiling. That was pretty terrifying. And because they were drunk, they said they wanted to stay overnight. So they put them in a shed which was located at the garden. Both men and the girl. I can imagine that had they not had the girl, they would have raped my aunt. It is well known that the Russians raped over a thousand women in Czechoslovakia, upon their advancement."

  • born on 6 February 1940 in Prague
  • his father was a jeweller; in 1952 he was sentenced in a show trial to two and a half years in prison
  • was not admitted to university for political reasons
  • in the Teplotechna factory became acquainted with IT
  • following the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia he and his wife left for Canada
  • became a renowned IT expert
  • actively engaged in the Czechoslovak Association; helped exiles
  • was in contact with the Czechoslovak dissent; published the magazine West
  • lives in Canada and the Czech Republic
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