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15 Feb 2006 00:00 - 00:00

The Enemy’s Daughter

Lecture by Jana Švehlová, PhD; February 15, 6:30 pm, Czech Center New York

The Enemy’s Daughter

Lecture by Jana Švehlová, PhD

February 15, 6:30 pm

Czech Center New York

When he heard that the daughter of a political prisoner wrote “In the winter we had to dig

frozen manure with a pickaxe and load it with our hands on a sled…because we were cheaper than machinery,” a Czech engineer responded, “But manure doesn’t freeze.”

While investigating the psychological root of the engineer’s response, this presentation centers on the trauma inflicted from childhood through middle age on Czech women who were labeled “daughters of the enemy of the state,” and who still feel like second class citizens in the post communist era. To better understand the relationship between political events and

their psychological effects on a particular group of individuals, it is necessary to explore their past and present psychosocial milieu. Discourse on the transgenerational effects will achieve two goals: spread awareness of a historical aspect of Stalinism previously unexplored and begin the healing process not only for the descendants of political prisoners but for the society at large.

The Jana Švehlová’s lecture is based on her book The Enemy’s Daughter: Psychological effects of Stalinism on children of political prisoners.



Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


15 Feb 2006 00:00 - 00:00


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