I spent most of my years in Bohemia so I proudly consider myself Czech
Ludmila Fialová, née Včelková, was born on 21st March 1933 in Vienna. After the Anschluss of Austria to Nazi Germany her family left to Záhorie, a poor Slovak town where the family originally came from. She was brought up by her grandmothers because her parents had to work in a different town. During the war, her father was executed for participating in a resistance movement. After the war Ludmila and her mother moved to Hostinné, a town located near Krkonoše mountains. Her marriage to an alcoholic and moving in with him near Nitra brought her two sons as well as deep pain. After meeting Jan Fiala, she left her Slovak family again, remarried, and moved to Rotava where she gave birth to two more sons. She was then employed at a local branch of Škoda and participated in building the new town’s cultural background - Rotava was declared a town in 1965. Ludmila became one of the founding members of the Czechoslovak gardening association. Her new job required her to join the Communist party at the beginning of the 1980s - she was a factory manager at Textilana. After the Velvet Revolution she quit the communist party, disappointed. She is involved in the culture in Rotava to this day.