Love, a good job, friends, nice people around you and the family
Ivana Bočková, née Horalová, was born on March 28, 1946 in Prague. Her parents Anežka and Andrej Horal were prewar members of the Communist Party and they lived in Liberec. In September 1952 her father was arrested based on falsified accusations and he unjustly spent nine months in a detention prison. During a night house search in the Horal family’s home, during which members of the StB security police were present, Ivana’s mother, aunt and grandfather committed collective suicide and she was given a lethal injection as well. However, doctors from Liberec were eventually able to save her. Ivana then lived with her relatives in Prague, and she completed her elementary school education there as well her study at the grammar school at Náměstí Míru Square in Prague. After two years of studying medicine, she eventually graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. She married in 1973 and she has two children. Ivana is now a widow and she lives in Prague 4 and takes care of her stepmother, who is more than 100 years old and who lives in the retirement home in the Hagibor neighbourhood in Prague.