I dreamed that the plane would arrive, park in the field, and I would run, get in and leave wearing my nightgown
Dagmar Podubecká was born on April 25, 1926 in Hranice as the older of two daughters to her parents Marta and František Brož. The parents were of different nationalities. His father had Czech and his mother Jewish ancestors. František Brož was a composer and then also the first director of the Municipal Music School in Hranice. Marta Brožová taught piano at the same school. They were important and affluent families in the city. However, due to anti-Jewish laws, the family moved from Hranice to Prague in 1940. His mother was hiding in a family villa in Revnice for four years. Miraculously, she avoided the unwanted attention of the Nazi authorities, but the vast majority of her family was murdered by the Nazis in concentration camps. Dagmar was expelled from the grammar school due to half Jewish origin and her pregnancy saved her from being deployed in a labour camp. Shortly after World War II Dagmar married and lived with her husband’s family on a large farm in Lety near Prague. During the collectivization they lost their farm, which damaged health and subsequently cost the life of her father-in-law. In 1967, Dagmar and her son Tomáš emigrated to the Federal Republic of Germany and Czechoslovakia, and later the Czech Republic never returned permanently. In 2018 she lived in Munich, the capital of Bavaria.