Everyone rejoiced while I was crying at home. That’s how my mother and I celebrated the liberation
Eugenie Točíková was born in 1929 in Dolní Němčice near Dačice. During the war she spent one year doing forced labour in a factory. Her father suffered a shot penetration wound after being shot by Germans at the end of the war while the Red Army was approaching Dačice. Eugenie moved to Jihlava where she attended a vocational school focused on women’s professions. Then she continued in her studies at an advanced social-nursing school. After graduation in 1949 she was supposed to marry Vlastimil Kučera but her fiancé was arrested ten days before the wedding. He was sentenced to eighteen years of imprisonment in a staged trial: at first he was imprisoned in Plzeň-Bory and later in Jáchymov. Eugenie was able to visit Vlastimil no more than twice a year, and after five years she eventually married another man. She worked in the accounting department of the Chemodroga company and then in retail of consumer goods: due to her unfavourable personal profile she was not able to find a job in her profession. Vlastimil Kučera was released after thirteen and a half years in the amnesty in 1962.