I was eight years old when they took away my daddy
Mrs. Ludmila Kubik, née Kolářová, was born September 28, 1929 in the Czech village Bohemka in Crimea. Her mother and father were Czechs. In 1937 during the period of “the Great terror” her father was accused of anti-Soviet activity and shot in Simferopol. Ludmila experienced the German occupation of Bohemka. After the war she decided to move from the village to the city. The people in the countryside were however forced to work in kolkhozes at that time, and they were not allowed to move to cities. Ludmila however passed entrance exams to school and she was allowed to leave. She worked as a seamstress and a seasonal fruit picker. During one dance ball she met her future husband Jiří Kubík. They lived in Tbilisi in Georgia for two years. After that she worked in a car repair shop in Simferopol for 25 years. In the 1970s she visited Czechoslovakia for the first time. She still speaks Czech fluently, she observes Czech holidays, and she actively participates in the life of the Czech minority in Crimea. She remembers many Czech songs by heart.