Hana Dubova was born in 1925 in Kolin. When she was one year old her family moved to Prague, but for Hana Kolin was start of everything in her life. She regularly visited her grandparents in Kolin, she used play there with kids from neighbours, she used to learn many things there. In Kolin, in city, where was second biggest Jewish comunity in Czech country. In autumn 1939 Hana went in group of Czech Jewish teenagers to Denmark. They expected to stay there only few weeks, may be months, they were trained as agriculture workers for life in kibbutz, in Palestine, but they never went there. They spent four years in Denmark, in 1943 they escaped, accross the sea, to Sweden. When war was over Hana found out that her parents, her brother, her... almost all family members were killed in concentration camps. She returned to Czechoslovakia in 1947 and later she decided to start a new life, far from all in Europe. She settled in USA, she started new family. Hana always hoped that her family story will continue, through her children, grandchildren. She hoped this couldnt be forgotten. Hana´s family live in Boston. When her grandchildren had bar/bat micva Hana found out that one of Torah from Kolin is in Jewish comunity, nearby Boston. It was very special moment, to see grandchildren reading from Torah, which was originally in Kolin synagogue. Something like: story of my family continues to next generations.
I am sure Hana would be very proud for what happen now. Her daughter, Janet Seckel-Cerrotti? and granddaughter Rachael Cerrotti? follow her footsteps. We arrived yesterday to Kolin (it is city not far from Czech capital, only one hour from Prague.) Kolin is like little world, which didnt change so much. Tiny, little streets, shops, market at main square, slowly daily life rhytm. You feel so good here, this city has something special, some kind of soul, welcoming soul which is open for all.
I am very happy that Janet and her daughter could come here, to follow footsteps of Hana. Thanks to City council of Kolin, Municipal library, Kolin museum, they helped us with all this and today we will open an exhibition in Kolin synagogue. It is tribute to Hana and her friends. In this photoalbum, created by my dear friend Jarmila Štuková? you will see our journey, around Hana and her story. Complete story of Hana is part of my book Přátelství navzdory Hitlerovi / Friendship in spite of Hitler? Hitler, which was published in Czec republic, in 2013. Now whole book is translated into English, but still searching for publisher in UK or USA. Here is part of it http://juditastoryteller.blogspot.cz/2013/09/hanka-being-on-ones-own.html