Gabriela Hluchníková

* 1928  

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War is a terrible thing

Gabriela Hluchníková
Gabriela Hluchníková
photo: Post Bellum / duben 2016

Gabriela Hluchníková was born on 1 November 1928 in Dolní Benešov in the Hlučín region as the youngest of six children. Her father was a WW I legionary who later made a living trading cattle. In October 1938, following the incorporation of the Hlučín region to the Third Reich, Gabrial Hluchníková was awarded German citizenship. Between 1938 and 1940 her two brothers Karel and Erhart were drafted to the Wehrmacht. In 1942 Erhart fell in Russia near Lake Ilmen. In April 1945 she witnessed the heavy fighting in the course of the Ostrava-Opava operation as well as the battlefront crossing Dolní Benešov. She hid before the Soviet soldiers and witnessed mass raping of women. After the end of the war she regained Czechoslovak citizenship.