An ant shouldn’t despair, it will build a new roof
Dagmar Hamšíková was born on 28 January 1931. She grew up in Cheb. Her father Josef Hamšík was a well-known Czechoslovak pilot and resistance fighter who helped pilots escape into exile in World War II. He was imprisoned by the Nazis in 1940. Dagmar would visit him in German prisons with her mother, bringing food for him and other prisoners. Josef Hamšík was executed in Berlin in 1943. After the War, her family was grossly slandered, and Dagmar was forced to switch schools after being reported on. In the 1950s, she was not very active in building Socialism, and so they barred her from graduating from secondary school. She completed a laboratory training course and became a lab assistant. From 1956, she worked as a booking clerk at Czechoslovak Airlines. In September 1968, she and her husband emigrated to Vienna and then to Canada in December that year. In 2014 they both returned to the Czech Republic.