To feel safe and to live your life your own way
Marie Klusáčková was born on 20 July 1939 in Brno. Her father was employed at the Brno Arms Works. In 1938 he joined the experts who oversaw the construction of a new factory in Romania. The families of the construction team went with them. Marie’s mother returned to Czechoslovakia only to give birth. However, the territory was already part of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and so she only managed to leave the country with her baby daughter and rejoin her husband after many difficulties. As soon as the war broke out, the arms-factory families in Romania decided to leave continental Europe. Their journey to England and their subsequent war efforts in the foreign resistance were organised by General Heliodor Píka. After the war Marie returned to Czechoslovakia with her parents. When General Píka was arrested by the Communists, the family was afraid they would lose their father as well. The family soon found itself caught in the attention of State Security due to their connection to the foreign resistance. For this and other reasons, fear and caution became an inseparable mark of Marie’s life in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. As of 2017, the witness lives in Brno with her daughter and granddaughters.