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RNDr. Zuzana Závadová (1938) - Biography

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Zuzana Závadová was born June 12, 1938 in Košice in the Jewish family of Mr. and Mrs. Schwarz. Until 1942 she lived in Trenčín, where her father was a co-owner of a pharmacy. The pharmacy became confiscated and closed down after the establishment of the independent Slovak State. Her parents decided to emigrate to Hungary. For safety reasons, they lived separately in Budapest and they both used cover names. Zuzana stayed with her mother. Some time in early 1944, when the deportations of Jews began in Hungary as well, she was sent to an orphanage in Košice for some time. She does not know the precise dates nor for how long she stayed there, because no documents from that period have been preserved. Her parents took her from the orphanage to live with them in Budapest before the end of the war, because the administrators of the orphanage were unable to ensure her safety. Zuzana spent the remaining time until the end of the war in Budapest. In March 1945 the family was able to return to Slovakia, at first to Košice, where she re-enrolled in school. Afterwards she returned to Trenčín with her parents. She lived there throughout the era of the socialist Czechoslovakia until 1993 when Slovakia declared independence. Zuzana then emigrated for the second time in her life, this time to the Czech Republic. In 1963 she married Jan Závada, the son of the writer Vilém Závada, and their daughter Karin was born. In 2016 she lives in Prague 6.

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