Martin Glas with his wife-to-be and mother

Martin Glas with his wife-to-be and mother
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  • Photo taken in:
    Brezi
    Year when photo was taken:
    1957
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
I met my future wife, Hana Mazánková, in a musical ensemble belonging to the Civil Engineering Faculty, which we were both in. My wife always looked very young. When we met in 1953, she was 23, and I was 22. But I thought that she was around 13 or 14. I didn't talk to her at all, I thought she was a kid. Then once we were on an outing with the ensemble. We were divided up into groups, and I led one of the groups. We got a map, I had my own compass from home, so I was explaining something about it, and my future wife says: ?I know that.? And from where? ?From army training.? How can you have army training in high school? So that's how I found out that she's not a high school student, but that she's in 3rd year of university and is a year older than I. Maybe she wouldn't have even married me, because at first she refused me. I'd bought a ticket for some folklore concert. I offered it to her, and she said no. But when a girlfriend of hers heard that, she rebuked her, my wife returned and said yes. I'd already made up my mind, that if no, then no. I took it as a fact and wasn't going to plead with her. I don't think I'd ever fight because of a woman, I guess I wouldn't be up to it. To me it's not dignified. I'd either have remained a bachelor, or I'd have found someone else, even thought that's not likely, I don't know if I would have had the courage to ask out another girl.

Interview details

Interviewee: Martin Glas
Interviewer:
Lenka Koprivova
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2006
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Martin Glas
Year of birth:
1931
City of birth:
Prague
Occupation
after WW II:
Manager

Other Person

Gertruda Glasova
Year of birth:
1896
City of birth:
Jihlava
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1973
City of death:
Prague
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Fischer
    Year of changing: 
    1920
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
To not lose faith in man
Date of interview:
2006

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