I have seen so many innocent people dying
Emílie Jarmarová was born January 17th 1923 in Bakovce in the Polish part of Volhynia. She was attending a local school where classes were taught in Polish and Czech. When she was nine, her mother died, and she as the eldest daughter had to take care of the household. During the German occupation she joined the resistance - using a radio transmitter, she was informing a local Russian partisan about the situation in the village. After the liberation of Volhynia by the Soviet army she joined the Czechoslovak corps, and she was assigned to anti-aircraft artillery as a signaller. With the Czechoslovak army she eventually got to Slovakia, where she was wounded by a grenade splinter. After treatment she returned to the army. She spent the end of the war in sanatorium Lučina in Slovakia. She was very emaciated, and the stay in the sanatorium was to help her gain strength. After she was released from there, she went to Prague, where she began working at the Ministry of National Defence as a signaller. Later she left Prague and moved to her father’s in Mohelnice. She was working there as a waitress. Her husband, a Czechoslovakian army officer, was imprisoned in the 1950s. At present Emílie Jarmanová lives in a retirement home in Mohelnice.