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Květuše Tůmová (1950) - Biography


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My father didn't want us to hang out with other Romani people

Květa Tůmová, née Tomášová, was born on 15 May 1950 in Rokycany into a Romani family. Her parents were originally from Slovakia. She had five siblings, of whom three died at young age. During the war he father Štefan Tomáš defected to the partisans, following the step-brother of his wife. He joined the army of general Svoboda and accompanied it all the way to Prague. He stayed there up until finishing his military service. In the fall of 1945 the Tomáš family moved for work to Rokycany, Bohemia. Květa finished elementary school in 1960. Her father didn't allow her to study further, and so she had to take up a blue-collar job at Kovohutě. The same year, her uncle Andrej Giňa established the band Sextet in which she sang for three years along with her cousin Miroslav Giňa. She got married twice. In 1968 she gave birth to a son, and later to three daughters. She has eight granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Over the years she worked in several jobs; as a cashier, head of a petrol station, cleaner, and field social worker. She has the best memories of all of a demanding railway job in Rokycany which she did from 1978 till 1986. She has retired in 2008 but keeps on working. At present she works on her family tree. Ever since 2017 she is an active member of the Roma female association Manushe. She organizes events for children, and collaborates with the writer Ilona Ferková.

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