The occupation of Czechoslovakia marked the complete degradation of our family
Jitka Jachninová, née Šandová, was born on 5 December 1929 in Prague as a daughter of JUDr. František Šanda, a high-ranking official in the First Republic state administration. Her mother, Jarmila Šandová, was a housewife. From an early age Jitka was interested in art, especially in music. During the German occupation, her father was arrested and imprisoned in the Small Fortress in Terezín. At that time the family had to move out of their apartment into temporary lodgings. At the end of the war, she witnessed the bombing of České Budějovice. After the war, the family experienced a brief period of social rise, when the witness´ father became the head of the office of the district national committee and the chief executive of the political administration in České Budějovice. This stage was ended by the communist coup in February 1948. During the next period of working-class rule, the family was persecuted. In 1956, the witness met her future husband, the recognized dramaturg, film scholar and journalist Boris Jachnin (1932 - 2011). By his side, being a cultural and educational worker, she successfully devoted herself to her beloved culture professionally. Jitka Jachninová was not only her husband’s life partner and supporter, but also a collaborator in the cultural field. Jitka Jachninová had two children with her husband and was living in České Budějovice at the time of the interview (2021).