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Family • Photo Restoration • 64 • Dusil • 50th Anniversary of our Emigration

• Today commemorates the 50th anniversary of our family’s emigration from former Czechoslovakia. It would also have been my dad’s 77th birthday. On this day in 1969, over a year had passed following the Soviet Union and members of the Warsaw Pact‘s illegal occupation of Czechoslovakia. Our departure would have been immediately after the invasion, but with my mother being eight months pregnant, my parents felt it would be safer to leave a year later.

• Our departure was shrouded in tremendous secrecy, with only the most trusted members of our family and friends knowing our plans.  The local authorities could have found any minor excuse to prevent us from leaving the country. For this reason, I prefer to categorize our departure as an “escape”, even though we legally left the country with all the necessary paperwork.

• I want to thank my mother and father for their tremendous bravery and steadfast convictions in believing that we would have a better life in the West. Our departure may be the obvious choice in hindsight, but at the time, it could have been argued that there was no clear winner between the political doctrines of capitalism and communism. Two more decades were necessary to prove which was better. The collapse of the iron curtain and the end of the cold war at the end of the ’80s put a definitive stamp on that debate.

• When I was eight years old my father was driving me to our animal hospital where he worked as a veterinarian. During our drive, Taci decided to explain communism to me. I vividly remember him articulating the horrible regime from which we escaped, with a heavy heart. In these few minutes, he created a hypothetical analogy for my young mind to understand – “If Canada were to become a communist state, then our veterinary business and our house would be taken from us. In fact, every citizen in the country would not be allowed to own any business or property – the government would take ownership of everything.  Even at eight years old this resonated with me. More importantly, I recall the sadness in his heart, while explaining this to me, because he had to leave behind many friends and family who continued under the repressive and totalitarian communist regime.  As he took the final turn to the animal hospital he concluded by saying, “Unfortunately I will probably not live long enough to see the collapse of communism, but with any luck, maybe you will see it happen”.  Both came to pass.


If you are interested in other posts of our emigration you can find their links here:


62 – Košice · Vaclav, Robert, & Robert Sr. Dusil
68.Oct – Košice · Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil
68.Oct – Košice · Iveta, Stefan, Valeria Kende, Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil (back yard)
69.Oct – Paris · Sona, Roman & Gabriel Dusil (park)
69.Oct – Paris · Roman, Gabriel & Sona Dusil (park bench)
69.Aug – Košice · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Slavo’s back yard)
81.Jul.12 – Burlington · Cezar, Eva, Gabriel, Vlasta, Alica, Sona, Valeria, Roman & Erika Dusil (Ali’s birthday)
81.Dec.24 – Burlington · Roman, Gabriel, Vlasta, Sona, Alica, Nuri & Cezar Dusil (Christmas cousins)
88.Dec.24 – Burlington · Vlasta, Gabriel, Roman, Alica & Sona Dusil (Christmas)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Annika, Alica, Sona, Karin, Roman, Gabriel & Roland Dusil (wedding)

  • I love you, Mamička
  • I love you, Taci
  • I love you, Googičko
  • I love you, Pumprdlik
  • I love you, Trpaslik

Family • Photo Restoration • 57 • Dusil • Canada

Diary • 22nd October 1993

• I was four when we left Brampton. I still refer to that apartment complex as the “red buildings”. My cousin Roman and friend Laco Dobis lived in the twin building next door. Taci worked in the local Veterinary office while mom was studying at Guelph University. At night Taci and I would go to Judo. As a second degree he would teach the students, and as a white belt I would participate in the warmup and then play at the back of the dojo. The summer before turning five we moved to Burlington. We slept at the Animal Hospital while our house in Tyandaga was being built.

• In September 1974, and it was my first day of school at Holy Rosary. Mom was with me, and our first stop was the Principle’s office (A room I would frequently visit during my elementary years). That first day of Kindergarten was traumatic. When I walked into the classroom all the kids were playing. But, I felt as though everyone already knew each other – as if I was entering the class in the middle of the school season. I was very shy and it took me a while before adjusting to the new setting. My first friend was Patrick Pongetti. He was quiet like me. Neither of us were interested in following the alphas. Our friendship lasted until we graduated.

• Soon enough I became a trouble maker. Partly due to befriending Danny Berris, who got under my skin on several occasions. I’m sure I pissed him off just as often. All kids fight and I was no exception. Kids can also be very nasty, and I didn’t take that lightly. My first report card said, “Gabriel is still hitting the other children”. Budding in line, and name calling were dealt with five-year-old violence. A receptionist at the Animal Hospital – and seventh grader at the time, Michele Cieslik – once told me that she watched someone bud in front of me in line, and I punched him.

• Mom told me that that I was a real trouble maker for the first few years at Holy Rosary. Most of those memories have faded but  I do remember one event that ultimately put closure to  that behavior. It was grade three and I was in the Principle’s office with Danny, and our teacher. Principle Butt lectured us on our bad behavior,  and all the while I was wonder if the pending strap would be on our bare bums, or not. So the time had come, and Principle Butt did me the honours, and Danny got his beating from the teacher. While getting the strap I was surprised how lightly I was being hit. It didn’t hurt at all. When it was all over, Danny was whimpering as we walked back to the classroom. I remembered vividly thinking how stupid it was for him to cry, because it didn’t hurt. So what was he crying about? It was the first and last time I got the strap. And from that point onward Danny and I were separated in our seating arrangements. Anyways,… the pants stayed on.

• Dusil

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 3 seconds

72.Jul - Brampton · Gabriel, Eva & Vaclav Dusil (park swings)
72.Jul – Brampton · Gabriel, Eva & Vaclav Dusil (park swings)
72.Jul - Tampa · Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil (football on the beach)
72.Jul – Tampa · Vaclav & Gabriel Dusil (football on the beach)
72.Jul - Orlando · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Ripley's Believe It or Not!)
72.Jul – Orlando · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Ripley’s Believe It or Not!)
73.Jun - Guelph · Gabriel, Vaclav & Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation)
73.Jun – Guelph · Gabriel, Vaclav & Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation)
73 - Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav (Aldershot Animal Hospital driveway)
73 – Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav (Aldershot Animal Hospital driveway)
74.May - Hawaii · Vaclav, Hula dancer & Gabriel Dusil
74.May – Hawaii · Vaclav, Hula dancer & Gabriel Dusil
76 - Rio de Janeiro · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (pool totem pole)
76 – Rio de Janeiro · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (pool totem pole)
78.Jul.12 - Burlington · Alica, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (birthday)
78.Jul.12 – Burlington · Alica, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (birthday)
80.Jul - Burlington · Gabriel, Vaclav & Alica Dusil (reading)
80.Jul – Burlington · Gabriel, Vaclav & Alica Dusil (reading)
81.Jul.12 - Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (Ali's birthday)
81.Jul.12 – Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (Ali’s birthday)

72.Jul - Brampton · Gabriel, Eva & Vaclav Dusil (park swings, restoration)

Family • Photo Restoration • 54 • Mamička • Horses

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• My family didn’t share my fascination with animals. My parents didn’t understand how the odor of animals and farmland could fill me with delight. Whenever we traveled through the countryside I’d bath in the smell of freshly fertilized land. My mom found it funny that I liked the smell of manure. As I’d breathe in, my imagination would fly. When I would ride on the train I’d looked out the window and day-dream of galloping horses through the meadow, alongside the rail cars. For my two brothers it was just a countryside stench. My oldest brother Csaba didn’t like animals, but Attila loved them. We were city people. Animals were associated with farming and peasants. In Communist-Socialism, science and engineering were revered far above agricultural disciplines. My parents asked themselves, “How can our child ,from the city, have such rural interests?” They were still supportive of my interests.

• The Slovak countryside is hilly, interspersed with farmland owned mostly by co-op farms. There were many sheep and cows grazing, with peasants bent over tilling the land. In those days horses were used mainly for transporting farm produce. At Hotel Schalkház on Roosevelt Street where I lived, there was a station for horse drawn carriages. I went there frequently to admire them. Seeing how they would stand endlessly for most of the day made me feel sorry for them. Sometimes they’d have bags over their noses. Through my never-ending questions to the coachmen I learned that this was how they were fed. Their bags consisted of grain, or some mixture of molasses.

• Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 • 6 minutes 16 second

61.Jul - Barca · Eva Kendeova (braking horses, teaching to kneel, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul – Barca · Eva Kendeova (braking horses, teaching to kneel, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul - Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul – Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo)
61.Jul - Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (horses, riding)
61.Jul – Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (horses, riding)
61.Jul - Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase team)
61.Jul – Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase team)
61.Jul - Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase riding team)
61.Jul – Královský Chlmec · Eva Kendeova (horses, Steeplechase riding team)
61.Jul - Košice · Eva Kendeova (jumping Ramona at Veterinary Collage)
61.Jul – Košice · Eva Kendeova (jumping Ramona at Veterinary Collage)
84.Jun - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
84.Jun – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
84.Jun - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, jumping)
84.Jun – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Horses, Babe, jumping)
84.Jun - Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
84.Jun – Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (Horses, Babe, parking lot)
87.Sep.1 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (dressed up)
87.Sep.1 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (dressed up)

61.Jul - Barca · Eva Kendeova (braking horses, teaching to kneel, Jednotné rolnícke družstvo, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 50 • Mamička • Inspiration

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• My early inspiration to veterinary medicine was from a veterinary student named Karel Šestak. He was renting a room in our apartment, and was studying at our local Veterinary College. Thanks to him I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I was ten years old at the time.  When I told him my aspirations, he smiled, as if not believing in a young girl’s dream. But he wished me well. Little did he know that one day we would become professional colleagues. Karel lived in our apartment until he graduated. He married the neighbor’s daughter and went on to work as a county veterinarian not far from where we lived.

• I was in ninth grade when I decided which middle school to attend. At that time in Czechoslovakia, we had two types of middle school. There were high schools called “gymnasium”. They prepared students for academic university studies such as engineering, law or medicine. Gymnasium is where the intellectuals went, and were viewed by the communists as the future leaders of the country. Then there were ‘technical’ schools for machinery, administration, or agriculture. Veterinary studies at the time was not considered an intellectual discipline because it fell under the umbrella of farming and husbandry. It was possible to attend university from a technical middle school, but it was much harder to get in. Luckily a veterinary technical school called Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola (PTŠ) was close by my home, on the outskirt of the city. I began my studies there in 1960. Little did I know that my future husband had just finished his final year at the same middle school, three months earlier.

• Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 8 minutes 31 seconds

61 - Košice · Eva Kendeova (holding cat)
61 – Košice · Eva Kendeova (holding cat)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (vows)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (vows)
68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (priest)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (priest)
68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (portrait)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (portrait)

 

69.Feb - Košice · Valeria, Iveta, Stefan Kende, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo's front porch)
69.Feb – Košice · Valeria, Iveta, Stefan Kende, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo’s front porch)
69.Feb - Košice · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (smiling)
69.Feb – Košice · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (smiling)

 

69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (park stroller)
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (park stroller)
69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (park chairs)
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (park chairs)
69.Oct - Paris · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (bushes)
69.Oct – Paris · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (bushes)

 

75.Dec - Buenos Aires · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil
75.Dec – Buenos Aires · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil
77.Jul - Mexico City · Alica & Eva Dusil (dinner)
77.Jul – Mexico City · Alica & Eva Dusil (dinner)

61 - Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (holding cat, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 49 • Dusil • Canada

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• According to communist propaganda, only rich people could attend university in the West. They told us many lies, trying to convince us that Socialism was superior to Capitalism. Constant propaganda brainwashed citizens in believing that the West was an evil imperialist empire. History has told a different story. Either way, the borders were essentially closed to the public, except for a select few who were allowed to travel and see the real picture with their own eyes. This included politicians and top athletes. Communist leaders told us that they were protecting our borders from the evil capitalists. But the ongoing joke was asking why border guns were facing their own citizens, and not the enemy.

• The younger generation believed much of what was told to them. When you grow up seeing, hearing, and reading propaganda, you believe it. Especially when you don’t know any different. Most citizens didn’t have any idea what the West was like. When we finally immigrated to Canada in 1969, our stories filtered back to family and friends in Czechoslovakia. The Canadian government offered us English language courses for free, and financial help get us on our own feet. We bought a cheap camera and took pictures among the fruit stands of a grocery store, to show our parents we weren’t starving. In those days our friends and family had to line up for toilet paper, potatoes, bread and other daily necessities. Store shelves in Eastern Europe were practically empty. Once in Canada, our eyes finally opened to the success of democracy and freedom. It was hard for the Communists to keep that a secret.

• Dusil

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 43 seconds

70.Dec.24 - Toronto · Vaclav, Eva, Gabriel, Sona, Erika, Roman, Gabriel Dusil (birthday cake)
70.Dec.24 – Toronto · Vaclav, Eva, Gabriel, Sona, Erika, Roman, Gabriel Dusil (birthday cake)
72 - Brampton - Erika, Karol, Vaclav, Eva, Robert Sr., Vlasta, Roman, Gabriel & Sona Dusil
72 – Brampton – Erika, Karol, Vaclav, Eva, Robert Sr., Vlasta, Roman, Gabriel & Sona Dusil
71 - Brampton · Roman, Gabriel, Sona, Vlasta, Vaclav, Kajo, Eva, Robert Sr., Erika Dusil
71 – Brampton · Roman, Gabriel, Sona, Vlasta, Vaclav, Kajo, Eva, Robert Sr., Erika Dusil
72 - Brampton - Karol, Robert Sr. & Vaclav Dusil (living room)
72 – Brampton – Karol, Robert Sr. & Vaclav Dusil (living room)
72.Sep.18 - Brampton · Sona, Vaclav, Gabriel & Roman Dusil (Gabriel's birthday)
72.Sep.18 – Brampton · Sona, Vaclav, Gabriel & Roman Dusil (Gabriel’s birthday)
76.Jul.12 - Burlington · Vaclav, Eva, Vlasta, Erika, Gabriel, Roman, Alica & Sona Dusil (birthday)
76.Jul.12 – Burlington · Vaclav, Eva, Vlasta, Erika, Gabriel, Roman, Alica & Sona Dusil (birthday)
80.Jul - Lake Nippising · Sona, Vlasta, Gabriel, Alica & Roman Dusil (rock beach suntan)
80.Jul – Lake Nippising · Sona, Vlasta, Gabriel, Alica & Roman Dusil (rock beach suntan)
78 - Burlington · Erika & Vaclav Dusil (sharing coat)
78 – Burlington · Erika & Vaclav Dusil (sharing coat)
76.Sep.18 - Burlington · Roman, Alica, Gabriel, Vlasta, Noel, x, Sona Dusil (Gab's birthday)
76.Sep.18 – Burlington · Roman, Alica, Gabriel, Vlasta, Noel, x, Sona Dusil (Gab’s birthday)
75 - Burlington · Roman, Gabriel, Sona, Karin, Vlasta, Anika, Alica Dusil
75 – Burlington · Roman, Gabriel, Sona, Karin, Vlasta, Anika, Alica Dusil

70.Dec.24 - Toronto · Vaclav, Eva, Gabriel, Sona, Erika, Roman, Gabriel Dusil (birthday cake, restoration)

Family • Photo Restoration • 46 • Mamička • Circus

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• I loved animals from the moment I was born. At least that’s what my mother told everyone. Anything on four legs fascinated me. When the circus arrived to my town of Košice, Slovakia, I was the first to run to the park. I watched with longing as the circus performers did their chores, wanting to be part of their daily routine. Other children rushed to see as the circus unfolded. My little heart trembled in the hopes that someone would call out, “Hey, you… Yes you… Come over here and help us!”

• The big moment arrived when they opened to the public and I could finally see the animals. I never had money to buy a ticket, but somehow I always managed to sneak in without being noticed. This was the place of my dreams. It was where I belonged. I loved the smell of horses, monkeys, and the wild cats. The smell of hay was the sweetest smell and remains so till this day. In the morning they would feed the lions and tigers and clean the beautiful Lipizzaner horses. The monkeys screeched as I walked by their cages. There was excitement in the air. I was in heaven.

• Finally the day arrived when my mother took me to the circus. It was a moment of great anticipation. With the little money we had I didn’t experience many circus performances, but this one was magnificent. Since I was a lively child it was difficult to keep me seated for long. I was ready to disappear into the stables at any moment. Nobody could stop me from going to see the horses. All I wanted was to caress and talk to them. I had no fear. I would hug them, blow gently on their nose, touch them as far as I could reach and watch those beautiful dark eyes as they followed me. I was one with them and never wanted to leave.

• Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 4 minutes 51 seconds

 

90.Sep.12 - Košice · Eva Dusil, Viera & Csaba Kende (cemetery)
90.Sep.12 – Košice · Eva Dusil, Viera & Csaba Kende (cemetery)
93 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (artist, Killaloo paintings)
93 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (artist, Killaloo paintings)
94 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen)
94 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen)
98.May - Rome · Eva Dusil (Cafe menu)
98.May – Rome · Eva Dusil (Cafe menu)
00.Sep - Whistler · Eva Dusil (waterfall)
00.Sep – Whistler · Eva Dusil (waterfall)
05 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen kimono)
05 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (kitchen kimono)
07.May.15 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Saturn)
07.May.15 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Saturn)

 

• Documents & Articles

 

86.Jul.26 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Dog's Fate Unresolved As Officials Probe Rabies)
86.Jul.26 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Dog’s Fate Unresolved As Officials Probe Rabies)

 

86.Jul.26 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington News, Rabid Animals Causing Concern to Local Parents)
86.Jul.26 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington News, Rabid Animals Causing Concern to Local Parents)

 

87.Mar.27 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Vet by Day & Painter by Night)
87.Mar.27 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Article, Burlington Spectator, Vet by Day & Painter by Night)

00.Sep - Whistler · Eva Dusil (waterfall, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 45 • Dusil • Capitalism

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• When I was accepted at the University of Guelph to attend the Ontario Veterinary College, my mother had settled down with the assurance that I would finally finish my studies. It was my promise to her before we left Košice. Within a relatively short time I made friends in the dormitory. I was surprised how dedicated my classmates were to their studies. It was in stark contrast to the college in my home town, where few students would attend lectures. The atmosphere in Guelph was very collaborative, and everyone was ambitious. Students took their studies seriously. They knew that studying hard was for a better future. I realized how lucky I was that I was accepted into the program. My colleagues explained to me that the University of Guelph was one of the most sought after schools, and one of the hardest to get in.

• At the time, there were only two other universities offering veterinary degrees: Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the Université de Montréal, Quebec. Candidates were admitted to the program based on their scholastic achievements – not based on knowing the right person in high ranking positions, as was the practice in Czechoslovakia. Competition into the college was fierce. Moreover, in those days less than 10% of the students were girls. Once I graduated I felt that a new phase in my life had begun. I was in a new country, speaking a new language, and part of a new economic and political ideology. I would finally become what I dreamed of since I was a child – to cure animals.

• Digital Photo Restoration

• 9 minute 42 second

 

71 - Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Main Building)
71 – Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Main Building)
71 - Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Macdonald Hall)
71 – Guelph · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Macdonald Hall)
71 - Brampton · Slavo Sykorsky, Vaclav & Karol Dusil
71 – Brampton · Slavo Sykorsky, Vaclav & Karol Dusil
73.Jun - Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation ceremony)
73.Jun – Guelph · Eva Dusil (College of Veterinary Medicine, graduation ceremony)
73.Jun - Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital front door)
73.Jun – Burlington · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital front door)
74.Sep.18 - Alica, Eva, Gabriel, Roman, Vaclav, Vlasta & Sona Dusil (birthday)
74.Sep.18 – Alica, Eva, Gabriel, Roman, Vaclav, Vlasta & Sona Dusil (birthday)
76.Jul - Burlington · Eva & Cezar Dusil (roses)
76.Jul – Burlington · Eva & Cezar Dusil (roses)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (garden)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (garden)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (garden)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Eva Dusil (garden)
80 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital)
80 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital)

75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 42 • Dusil • Immigration

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 October

• Our family struggled financially throughout my youth. My father was paid very poorly as an appraiser of antique books – somewhere around 800 Czechoslovakian korunas per month (equivalent to 33 US$ at today’s exchange rate). My mother earned around 1200 korunas (49 US$) per month as a clerk. As a child I didn’t feel our financial struggle. I even managed to have a happy childhood. Looking back, even though the entire country was poor (in Western terms), I think we were poorer than the average. We lived from salary to salary and frequently my parents fell behind. I remember one day my mother didn’t receive her salary on time and we had nothing to eat. She scraped together some old leftover cottage cheese and mixed it with flour to make dumplings. It was very good.

• Growing up, my parents were very strict. My mom kept an eye on me and punished me if I didn’t do well in school. She consulted with the teachers when I misbehaved, and that kept me in line. I was repeatedly told that I would do better if I applied myself. Throughout high school I was an average student. I really came to my senses once I decided to attend university, and study veterinary medicine. Finally I was studying what I enjoyed. In my first year I met Vašek Dusil, who was in his fifth year of veterinary studies at the time. When we started dating he insisted that I regularly go to lectures, even though they weren’t compulsory. Out of 120 students in the class, less than 10% attended lectures. I came to realize it was good to be seen by the professors who later tested us, since all the exams were verbal. I was among the first in my class to complete and pass my exams. I finished four years of university in Košice before we emigrated to Canada. Once there I completed my veterinary studies at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 36 seconds

69.Apr - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
69.Apr – Košice · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping)
69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel Dusil (on the ground)
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel Dusil (on the ground)
69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel Dusil (park bench & toy)
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel Dusil (park bench & toy)
69.Sep - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (my 1st birthday cake)
69.Sep – Košice · Gabriel Dusil (my 1st birthday cake)
69.Sep - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (touching 1st birthday cake)
69.Sep – Košice · Gabriel Dusil (touching 1st birthday cake)
70 - Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (Leslie St., bowling)
70 – Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (Leslie St., bowling)
70.Sep.18 - Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (birthday cake)
70.Sep.18 – Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (birthday cake)
70.Sep.18 - Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (glass grapes)
70.Sep.18 – Toronto · Gabriel Dusil (glass grapes)
71 - Brampton · Gabriel Dusil (Jack & Jill Nursery)
71 – Brampton · Gabriel Dusil (Jack & Jill Nursery)
71 - Montreal · Gabriel Dusil (Slavo's flat, statue)
71 – Montreal · Gabriel Dusil (Slavo’s flat, statue)

 



69.Apr - Košice · Gabriel Dusil (sleeping, premiere pro)


 

Family • Photo Restoration • 33 • Mamička • Horses

• Story by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• When I was nine years old we went to visit my relatives in Košice. At the end of their huge garden were military barracks. Curiosity compelled me to climb a concrete wall hiding the surprise that was waiting for me on the other side. I saw what I adored the most – horses! Soldiers that were tending the sables came over and we began to chat. On subsequent visits I spent time with them as they maintained the stables. I soon became a regular visitor. The soldiers warned me that if an officer inquired of my present I should tell them I’m the daughter of a soldier from another barracks. They didn’t want to get into trouble.

• When my mother eventually found out, she was concerned that a young girl was among strange teenage military boys. It wasn’t appropriate. So when I turned eleven she decided to enroll me in the city’s equestrian club. My mother lied about my age since I needed to be at least twelve. The horses from the military barracks had since been sold to the Košice equestrian club, because that military division shut down. So I ended up riding the same horses.

• It was the summer of 1957, and in those days very few girls were riding. It was considered a man’s sport and I was one of only three girls. Being the youngest made it even harder. I was endlessly bullied and intimidated by the boys. Even today I wonder how I had the strength to stand up to them. The regiment of riding and taking care of horses was fierce, and was managed in a military fashion. Competition was relentless, and the trainers were very strict. My parents were at least content knowing where I was spending my afternoons. Nevertheless, I still had to be home by eight o’clock, or I’d be in trouble. Those years certainly taught me discipline.

• Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 10 seconds

84 - Antigua · Eva Dusil (dinner)
84 – Antigua · Eva Dusil (dinner)
86 - Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeons)
86 – Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeons)
86 - Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeon attack)
86 – Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeon attack)
86 - Venice · Eva Dusil (menu)
86 – Venice · Eva Dusil (menu)
88.Oct.13 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading in library)
88.Oct.13 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading in library)
88.Oct.13 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)
88.Oct.13 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)
91 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (cooking)
91 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (cooking)
93.Oct.2 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (birthday candles)
93.Oct.2 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (birthday candles)
96 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)
96 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)

84 - Antigua · Eva Dusil (dinner, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 32 • Mamička & Taci

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• I met Vašek when I was 21 years old, in my freshman year of veterinary studies. He was in his fifth year at the same university. Without my knowledge my brother Csaba, who trained with Vašek in judo, suggested he ask me out. At the beginning of the 1966 Christmas holidays Vašek came to our apartment and asked if I would go with him to a New Years celebration. At the time I wasn’t very impressed, but I had no other plans. Between Christmas and New Years we went out a couple of times. It was exciting  because I was going to a restaurant for the first time in my life. Our New Years celebration began at Dom umenia in Košice. Vašek’s brothers, and their spouses joined us. It was a triple-date. We had a great time. We then went to Slávia, a famous restaurant in Košice. Vašek was very entertaining and funny – pretending to film our date. In one week I was in love with him.

Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 • 7 minutes 40 seconds

66.Feb - Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Eva Kendeova (carrying #2)
66.Feb – Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Eva Kendeova (carrying #2)
66.Feb - Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Eva Kendeova (carrying #1)
66.Feb – Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Eva Kendeova (carrying #1)

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 November • These photos were taken in the yard where Vašek lived. It is the winter of 1966, soon after we started dating (happy memories).

 4 minutes 13 seconds

68.Jun - Dresden · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (honeymoon, railing)
68.May – Dresden · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (honeymoon, railing)
68.Jun - Dresden · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (honeymoon, monument)
68.May – Dresden · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (honeymoon, monument)

 

 7 minutes 54 seconds

67.Dec - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (statue)
67.Dec – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (statue)
67.Dec - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (park)
67.Dec – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (park)
67.Dec - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (fence)
67.Dec – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil (fence)

 

 • 2 minutes 14 seconds

74.Jul - Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Eva Dusil (baby)
74.Jul – Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Eva Dusil (baby)
75.Jul.12 - Burlington · Gabriel, Eva, Alica & Vaclav Dusil (1st birthday)
75.Jul.12 – Burlington · Gabriel, Eva, Alica & Vaclav Dusil (1st birthday)
78 - Burlington · Eva & Vaclav Dusil (dancing)
78 – Burlington · Eva & Vaclav Dusil (dancing)

74.Jul - Burlington · Vaclav, Alica & Eva Dusil (baby, premiere pro)