State Security set Dad up with a fake border and then ruined his life for crossing illegally
Hana Moravcová, née Valentová, was born on 8 August 1933 in Pilsen to Anna and Emanuel Valenta. Her father was an inventor, journalist, poet, and chief of the Experimental Institute of the Škoda Works in Pilsen. The Communist persecuted the whole family as soon as they came to power in February 1948. They seized her father’s business, her grandmother’s shop, Hana was barred from studying, they lost their beautiful family villa. In 1951 Emanuel Valenta fell into a State Security trap - in Operation “Stone” they arrested him on a fake state border. For the unauthorised crossing of the borders, which he never actually crossed, he was sent to the Jáchymov mines for three years. He returned a broken man and was employed for the rest of his life as a boiler man. He died in 1971. The consequences of his imprisonment affected the whole family. Despite her versatile talents, Hana was not allowed to continue her courses at a private school, she was employed in transportation, where she remained for the rest of her professional life. Despite these conditions, she worked her way into the national volleyball team, and thanks to her coach, who stood up for her, she travelled the world in her sports capacity. In 1962 she went on maternal leave, in 1971 she began training children and adolescents. She wrote several books on volleyball. After the revolution, in 1990, she played a major role in opening the Czech-German state border between Broumov and Mähring.