The girl from Prague

"You were the girl from Prague who got out of Soviet occupied Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. We all admired you for your tremendous courage.”

August 22, 2018 11:30
The girl from Prague

Jana and her sister Eva with their parents, at her father’s newspaper office in Prague, in 1958, reflected in the glass of his desk. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Jerusalem is a city full of serendipitous encounters. Within a few short years of living here, I have reconnected with people whose paths have crossed mine over the decades in different countries. One such encounter occurred two years ago when my wife and I were invited to neighbors for Friday night dinner. We arrived a little earlier and were introduced to a couple who got there even earlier than we did. They were introduced to us as Marcel and Jana Marcus. Almost immediately I noticed their distinctive European accents. Suddenly as the woman was talking, I had a flashback to 1971, when I was a newly arrived foreign student in London.


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