The Scout values stay for life
Dagmar Housková, née Vacková, was born on the 17th January of 1934 in Prague. Her parents had met in Plzeň and they moved to Prague after their first daughter, Milena, was born. Father Josef Vacek was a lawyer and a clerk, mother Hilda Vacková-Mertins was a homemaker. Although her mother’s mother tongue was German, she raised Dagmar and her sister in Czech and during the German occupation, she declined the Reich citizenship. During the May 1945 uprising, Dagmar witnessed fights at Letná and the fire of the football stadium of the Slavia team. Shortly after, her grandpa on her mother’s side was internated in the Bory prison in Plzeň where he soon died. Uncle Fritz was a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union. The other German relatives were … to the American and Soviet occupation zone [of Germany]. In 1946, Dagmar joined the Scouts/Junák, where she was a member until 1948 when the Scout/Junak movement was banned. After her father’s death, she and her sister helped out their mother and the family was also supported by the Plzeň uncle. After the Charlotta Masarykova high school was closed down, Dagmar studied at the Business Academy in Karlin and then worked in various clerical jobs that included, among others, the secretary of the deputy of the Technoexport national company. When the Scout movement was revived in 1968, she was one of those who established the 12th girls’ … in Prague. When scouting was banned again in 1980, she led the 5th girls’... in the Sports Union Orbis in Nusle. After 1989, she participated in renewing the scouts’ movement for the third time, she was a member of the central council of Junák. She is the member of Svojsík’s … and she was awarded the Order of Silver Trefoil.