Normalization wiped out the medical elite
Jiřina Jedličková, née Kargerová, was born on 25 July 1935 in Brno to the family of the well known attorney JUDr. Vlastislav Karger and his wife Jiřina. After 1948 the regime made her father take up manual labor for not being a party-man, and even though in time he would return to his original profession, it was in a position which received the lowest possible salary. The consequences of the bad personal review of her father were bore by the witness herself as well. Despite her excellent school marks, the regime made it impossible for her to study at lyceum and, later, would go on to also complicate her long-yearned-for path to studying medicine. In 1968, together with her husband, she considered emigrating. In the end, she stayed in Czechoslovakia and she became the unhappy witness of the effects of Normalization on the medical elite at St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno. The witness dealt with being a subject of interest for the StB. She performed medicine until 2019.