Dagmar Šimková


Dagmar Šimková, a political prisoner who was convicted at the age of just 23 for defaming communist officials and harbouring military deserters. Although she did not commit any serious crime, she spent fourteen years in Czechoslovak prisons. Her book We Were There Too is one of the most powerful testimonies about the brutality of the communist regime in the 1950s. In the tumultuous year of 1968, she participated in the founding of the K231 political club, uniting victims of the communist political processes of the 1950s. After her emigration to Australia, she became involved in the activities of the Amnesty International.