The word cadre has influenced my whole life
Eva Ryšavá was born in 1937 in Olomouc, at the age of two her family had to move to Prague. The war was beginning and Eva’s father was a lawyer and also the mayor of the Olomouc Sokol, and it was precisely the Sokol members that the Germans began to focus on. However, it was not the war that caused the most pain to the family. In 1952, four years after the communists came to power, Eva’s father was arrested and imprisoned for 12 years for fabricated charges. He served 8 of them in the Kladno mines, in Mírov and finally in Leopoldov, before he was released during an amnesty in 1960 and died after another four years in 1964 due to a bad health condition caused by the imprisonment. During his imprisonment, Eva’s family experienced a great financial distress, which Eva and her sister tried to solve with jobs, from which they were being continuously fired due to personnel assessments. In the same way, Eva was expelled from her studies at the university, and she did not get her second university opportunity until 10 years later, when she studied librarianship by distance learning. In 1968, she joined the library of the National Museum, where she remained until her retirement in 2000. There, she experienced key moments in the history of the late mid-20th century.