I do not forget I am Czech and my country is Croatia.
Marie Selicharová, née Kadlecová, was born 7 August, 1945 in a village of Končenice (Končanica) in today´s Croatia. Her parents came from Czech families and even though they didn’t go to Czech schools, they care about their daughters, Marie and younger Věra, attended them. In a family they always spoke Czech and Marie Selicharová remembers some relatives didn’t even learn Croatian. She went to Czech elementary school in Končenice and in the second grade in Daruvar, as she liked learning and was presumed she´d learn more in the city school. Following elementary school she went to Daruvar gymnasium, attended Czech class and graduated in 1964. Although her parents were not too inclined to her further studies, but wished her to marry, she signed in to the Pedagogical Academy in a nearby Pakrac and consecutively taught at the school in Sokolovec. In 1965 she began working as a journalist in the Czech weekly Jednota in Daruvar. She married and had two sons with her husband Ivan. She worked in Jednota for forty-two years, prepared various sections, coverages from events, villages and Czech associations, and enjoyed working out of office „in terrain. She participates in many events organised by the Croatian Czech minority association, works as a prompter in the theatre company of Daruvar association and takes care about the Czech association library.