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Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 24 • Košice Judo • Memories of Judo, III

• Introduction by Ing. Maria ‘Cuna’ Cabanová • 2005 April 20 • Translation & Editing by Gabriel Dusil

• Judo and the judoka of Košice shaped who I am today. I decided on my university education thanks to my coach Kajo Dusil, who thoroughly prepared me for my entrance exams to the Technical University Faculty of Metallurgy. The School of Economics, where I went did not adequately prepare me for technical school.

• When circumstances permitted, I tried to assist the Košice Judo Association in later years. In September 1978, I celebrated ten years as president of the Regional Association of Judo. I succeeded Edita Pačajová-Kardosová who stepped back to the mat as a trainer. I handed off this role to Marta Ujjobágyiova-Kelemenová and Erika Tordová-Királyová. At the time, women’s judo was completely separate from the men. The women were part of Lokomotíva Košice and men trained primarily in TJ VSŽ (Telovýchovná jednota Východoslovenské železiarne). I often offered my coaching assistance to the men’s team of Košice Judo. Helping me extensively were Laco Pačaj, Peter Széky and Jaro Plávka. Summer camps for the girls were organized by Csaba Kende. I coached periodically until 1992, before leaving for Bratislava to work. Then I raised my coaching qualification to class II, and graded successfully for my first dan, black belt.

• In judo I held various roles, such as chairwoman of the political-educational Commission for the District Judo Association, which at the time of the totalitarian regime was extremely important and had been one of the most important evaluation criteria for the sport. I worked as the President of the Judo Association and in that time we formed a joint association with karate. The Slovak Association of Judo awarded me an honorary second degree black belt for my contribution. At the elementary school in Barca (where I take my grandchildren) I led the judo team. I have now fulfilled my dream as a grandmother-judoka.

• It’s not my objective to just document the facts. These are my personal experiences and memories that others might remember differently. In closing, I must thank all judoka who shaped me, helped me and who are still my good friends. Mainly; Erika and Kajo Dusil, my lifelong friends; Csaba Kende, who devoted one summer for the preparation of my first dan black belt, and coached me through the final stages of my class II coaching certificate; Jaro Plávka who was my partner in my black belt grading; Laco Pačaj and Peter Széky who helped me in coaching, and with many other activities.

With reverent respect
I remember well the judoka and friends
who are no longer with us:
Vašek Dusil
Ďuri Mazánek
Julka Tóthová
Marcel Ondrík.

• Košice Judo

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67.Dec - Morava · x, x, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Vlado Makovsky, Csaba Kende, x & Jano Misko (station)
67.Dec – Morava · x, x, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Vlado Makovsky, Csaba Kende, x & Jano Misko (station)
67.Dec - Morava · x, x, Vlado Makovsky, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Eva Kendeova, x, Csaba Kende & Jano Misko (station)
67.Dec – Morava · x, x, Vlado Makovsky, x, Karel Hrubicek, Vaclav Dusil, Eva Kendeova, x, Csaba Kende & Jano Misko (station)
66.Jun - Klánovice · Vaclav, x, & Karol Dusil (judo workshop)
66.Jun – Klánovice · Vaclav, x, & Karol Dusil (judo workshop)
66.Jun - Klánovice · x, x, Vaclav, x, Karol Dusil, x, x (judo workshop team)
66.Jun – Klánovice · x, x, Vaclav, x, Karol Dusil, x, x (judo workshop team)
66 - Košice · Marcel Ondrik. Csaba Kende, Robert Dusil, Jozef Novotny & Vaclav Dusil (Judo grading)
66 – Košice · Marcel Ondrik. Csaba Kende, Robert Dusil, Jozef Novotny & Vaclav Dusil (Judo grading)
65 - Split · Vaclav Dusil (Judo Tournament in Croatia)
65 – Split · Vaclav Dusil (Judo Tournament in Croatia)
59 - Košice · Jozef Arvay, Nyarias, Ludvik Wolf, Zerge Kaan, Laco Magyar, Papik, x, Robert Dusil, Jozef Grusecky & Vaclav Dusil (judo)
59 – Košice · Jozef Arvay, Nyarias, Ludvik Wolf, Zerge Kaan, Laco Magyar, Papik, x, Robert Dusil, Jozef Grusecky & Vaclav Dusil (judo)

 

• Documents & Articles

66.Jun.18 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Pravda, TASD RJEKA Lokomotiva VSŽ)
66.Jun.18 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Pravda, TASD RJEKA Lokomotiva VSŽ)
66.Jun.3 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Československý Šport, Judo s indexom)
66.Jun.3 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Československý Šport, Judo s indexom)
65 - Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (judo Diplom, Zá obetavú prácu)
65 – Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (judo Diplom, Zá obetavú prácu)

59 - Košice · Jozef Arvay, Nyarias, Ludvik Wolf, Zerge Kaan, Laco Magyar, Papik, x, Robert Dusil, Jozef Grusecky & Vaclav Dusil (judo, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 23 • Dusil • Emigration

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

• In my third year of veterinary studies, Prague Spring began. It was January of 1968 and Alexander Dubček was at the forefront of the reforms. Some of the leaders rallied behind him, wanting to give communism a human face. It felt like fresh air was blowing though the country. We began to lift our heads in hopes of a better future. The older generation was cautious but everyone else was optimistic. Eight months later the Soviets decided they had enough and sent 200,000 troops to clamp down on our aspirations. One month after that Warsaw Pact Invasion my son, Gabriel was born.

• Soon after the invasion, a mass exodus began. We decided to leave everything and everyone behind. In October 1969 I was supposed to begin my fifth year of veterinary studies. We fled the country instead. This was only possible because of the general chaos during those few months. There were relaxed procedures in the government agencies responsible for issuing travel visas. My parents were devastated by our plans, but still supported us. Vašek and I assured my mother that I would finish university, but we had no idea how we would fulfill that promise. First and foremost we had to focus on survival and take care of our baby. We believed that as long as we had two healthy hands we would survive.

• There was no looking back. Our flight took us through Paris, where we spent nine weeks waiting for approval to immigrate to Canada. Coming from an authoritarian regime, we thought we had to choose a province. With pressure from the immigration officer, we chose Saskatoon, Saskatchewan because they had a veterinary college. She encouraged us to choose an agricultural province. On the 9th of November 1969 we arrived in the beginning of a freezing cold winter. We met other Slovaks including my favorite professor from Košice, František Hrudka. He had also immigrated! By this time he was lecturing at the University of Saskatchewan. The people we met were supportive and ready to help us, but I felt lonely. Vašek was gone most of the day looking for a job and I was left alone with Gabriel, and nobody to talk to.

• On one occasion a local Slovak family invited us for dinner. I told them I wanted to continue with my veterinary studies. “Well, you’ll be the only female veterinarian in Canada” was their reply. Suddenly I felt that we came to some backward country. But I soon realized that they didn’t know much about veterinary medicine. It was true that there were few women in the profession, but I didn’t lose hope. Meanwhile, back home my mother listened to criticism that all her sacrifices had been wasted, and that I didn’t finish my studies. After ten long days in Saskatoon, we realized that we were in a free country, and could go wherever we wanted. The layers were shedding from the repressive regime we left. We were no longer prisoners of the state. We contacted Manpower and with their help we moved to Toronto, Ontario to join my brother-in-law, and his family. Within a few days we were happily reunited and I was surrounded by family. We lived together in a rented house, attended English language classes together. Vašek worked part time at a car wash with his brother. We took turns babysitting, while the other attended English lessons. Vašek was also studying for his provincial veterinary exams which he passed without difficulties.

• Postscript by Gabriel Dusil

Today commemorates the 46th anniversary of our arrival to Canada.

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

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 6 minutes 14 seconds

 

69.Oct - Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Sona, Roman Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Sona, Roman Dusil
69.Oct - Paris · Eva & Gabriel Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Eva & Gabriel Dusil
69.Oct - Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Roman, Sona Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Eva, Gabriel, Erika, Roman, Sona Dusil
69.Oct - Paris · Gabriel Dusil
69.Oct – Paris · Gabriel Dusil

• Postscript from Eva Dusil • 2014 October • Here is my cute son, Gabičko. He had his first birthday in Paris. During our stay in France, you had this red sweater with a leather front.

 3 minutes 38 seconds

70 - Toronto · Vaclav, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (grocery shopping)
70 – Toronto · Vaclav, Gabriel & Eva Dusil (grocery shopping)
70 - Toronto · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kitchen)
70 – Toronto · Eva, Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kitchen)
70 - Toronto · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo Sykorsky's house)
70 – Toronto · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo Sykorsky’s house)
73.Aug - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (house)
73.Aug – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (house)
73.Aug - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (front door)
73.Aug – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (front door)
73.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital sign)
73.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Veterinarian, Aldershot Animal Hospital sign)

70 - Toronto · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Slavo Sykorsky's house, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 22 • Mamička • Keszthely

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

• From the time I was three years old, my mother and I would visit my grandmother in Keszthely, Hungary, during our summer holidays. Throughout the 1950’s the communist government allowed visits to neighboring socialist countries, only once every three years. In the 1960’s they changed it to every second year. We could only stay for three weeks at a time because my mother needed to return to work in Košice.  I was raised along the lines of what would be considered a latchkey child – high strung with a lot of energy. My Hungarian cousins, Zsuzsi and Tibor were younger than me, and weren’t ideal playmates. Furthermore, my aunt and uncle were very protective of their children. They wouldn’t allow anything that would ‘endanger their health’. So I would often go exploring by myself.

• In the summer of ’58, when I was twelve years old, I discovered there was a stud farm in the center of town. I wandered off to the stables many times to watch the horses as they went about their daily activities. Hungary was famous for breeding Arabian horses and other warmblooded horses. I watched these magnificent animals running and jumping in the fields. Soon enough the stablemen saw my curiosity and came to chat with me at the edge of their property. After a few visits they let me get a closer look. My ears would fill with their stories. This began a new chapter of my life.

• We returned to Keszthely in the summer of 1960. When my uncle Geza learned of my passion for horses, he managed to enroll me in the Keszthely farm’s riding school. By this time I had been riding for two years in Košice. My daily routine was to wake up at 5:30, and ride my cousin’s bicycle four kilometers to the stud farm. The mornings were cool and the uphill ride was arduous, but my heart beat with anticipation every time. My throat and lungs would hurt as I rode up to the farm. Every day I would clean the horses, saddle them, and out we went to the countryside. We would ride as a group through alleys lined with linden trees, green meadows, and eventually down to Lake Balaton to cool our horse’s legs. I tried my best to keep up with the adults who were mostly caretakers, maintaining the stables on behalf of the state. In those early days I was given calmer mares. As time passed I became one of the team. They treated me kindly, and held me in high regard, despite my young age. Throughout my teens I returned many times to this sanctuary. I fell in love with the farm, and it still fills me with fond memories. The saddest day was always our departure. For my mother, it was leaving her mother behind. For me I had to say goodbye to the horses, and to my friends. I always knew that I would not see them for at least two more years.

• When I was sixteen I again returned to Keszthely. On this visit the farm included me in an equestrian exhibition in Nagyvázsony. There was a parade for the tourists.  We also presented historical scenes in period costumes that included horses, such as war scenes. I also took part in parkour jumping for the onlookers. As a guest participant and foreigner, I was privileged to be part of this celebration. I was even paid for my participation.

Mamička

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• 1960 July • Keszthely, Hungary • Eva Kendeova

60.Jul - Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (Cafe on Lake Balaton)
60.Jul – Keszthely · Eva Kendeova (Cafe on Lake Balaton)

• 1960 • Toporec, Slovakia • Winning 1st in ‘L’ class Parkour jumping with Lisa

60 - Toporec · Eva Kendeova (Winning 1st in L class Parkour jumping with Lisa)
60 – Toporec · Eva Kendeova (Winning 1st in L class Parkour jumping with Lisa)
60.Jul - Toporec · Eva Kendeova (horses, winning 1st competition)
60.Jul – Toporec · Eva Kendeova (horses, winning 1st competition)

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 November • This was taken after after my first competition at the age of 14. I won with my horse Lisa, who happened to be in good spirits that day. I received a crystal vase trophy.

• My mother won in the ‘L’ class competition that day.  These were jumps ranging from 100cm to 110cm.  The girl to her right was a fellow equestrian rider, around three years older than my mother.

 

• 1960 • Košice, Slovakia • Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa

60 - Košice · Eva Kendeova (Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa)
60 – Košice · Eva Kendeova (Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa)

 

• 1961 • Barca, Slovakia • Walking Along the Train Tracks

61 - Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, train tracks)
61 – Barca · Eva Kendeova (horses, train tracks)

• 1961 July • Spišská Nová Ves • Eva Kendeova

61.Jul - Spišská Nová Ves · Eva Kendeova (horses, log fence)
61.Jul – Spišská Nová Ves · Eva Kendeova (horses, log fence)

• 1962 July • Keszthely, Hungary • Eva Kendeova

62 - Keszthely · Eva Kendeova
62 – Keszthely · Eva Kendeova

 

• 1963 • Barca, Slovakia • On a filly at the Poľnohospodárska Technická School

63 - Barca · Eva Kendeova (On a filly at the park of Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)
63 – Barca · Eva Kendeova (On a filly at the park of Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)

• My mother was breaking young horses for her own use with the permission of the coop at the Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola in Barca. In all, she would break four horses during her studies there, and this was one of them. My mom would ride the filly to the local pub where the farmers and peasants would sit outside and enjoy their beer. When she touched the filly’s back it made him kick, since she was ticklish there. It was an amusing sight to the onlooking farmers.

 

• 1964 June • Barca, Slovakia • Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola

64 - Košice · Eva Kendeova (high school photo)
64 – Košice · Eva Kendeova (high school photo)

 

65.Jun - Barca · Eva Kendeova (Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola, class photo)
65.Jun – Barca · Eva Kendeova (Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola, class photo)

• My mother designed the layout for this class photo, and drew the school in the bottom right.  The early days of a budding artist.


60 - Košice · Eva Kendeova (Competing at the Veterinary College with Lisa, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 20 • Kende • Generations

• My mother has been working on our family tree for over fifteen years.  At the moment she’s tracked our lineage down to the 17th century.  Much of the family tree has been posted online at www.geni.com, although many family members have indicated that they don’t want to be identified.  So a “private tree” also exists. Nevertheless, my mother has done an excellent job in collecting images, stories, and facts spanning over ten generations. This post takes the reader on a single branch of the family tree that have a direct ancestory to myself and my sister.

• I had the pleasure of restoring these images.  Some of them are over 160 years old.  According to Wikipedia, the oldest living photograph is from around the 1820’s.  If I make an educated guess, it likely took a couple of decades for my ancestors to have access to photography.  The earliest photo we have in our possession is dated around 1850. Anything earlier are paintings.

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1790 - Presov · Johann Samuel Steinhübel, 1755.Jul.8-1791.Sep.13, painting by János Rombauer)
1790 – Presov · Johann Samuel Steinhübel, 1755.Jul.8-1791.Sep.13, painting by János Rombauer)
1830 - Presov · Franz Ludwig Steinhübel (František Ľudovít, Lajos, 1799-1853)
1830 – Presov · Franz Ludwig Steinhübel (František Ľudovít, Lajos, 1799-1853)
1837 - Presov · Rozália Dubovszky (married Steinhübel, 1761-1834, painting by János Rombauer)
1837 – Presov · Rozália Dubovszky (married Steinhübel, 1761-1834, painting by János Rombauer)

 

 

 8 minutes 33 seconds

1850 - Presov · Franz Ludwig Steinhübel (1799.Oct.3-1853.Jan.26)
1850 – Prešov · Franz Ludwig Steinhübel (1799.Oct.3-1853.Jan.26)

 

 9 minutes 7 seconds

1853 - Presov · Rozália Dubovszky (married Steinhübel 1818-Mar.6-1883)
1853 – Prešov · Rozália Dubovszky (married Steinhübel 1818-Mar.6-1883)
1853 - Prešov · Rozália Dubovszky (married Steinhübel 1818-Mar.6-1883, portrait)
1853 – Prešov · Rozália Dubovszky (married Steinhübel 1818-Mar.6-1883, portrait)
1870 - Presov · Hermina Steinhübel (married Haltenberger, 1844.Oct.9-1926)
1870 – Prešov · Hermina Steinhübel (married Haltenberger, 1844.Oct.9-1926)

 8 minutes 33 seconds

1902 - Spišská Nová Ves · Malvin Haltenberger (married Tellery, 1887.Sep.13-1968.Sep.20)
1902 – Spišská Nová Ves · Malvin Haltenberger (married Tellery, 1887.Sep.13-1968.Sep.20)

• Postscript from Gabriel Dusil • At the time that I reconstructed this photo, I set a new record of 7 hours and 40 minutes, split across two days.  I thought that was a long stretch, until I tackled the Haltenberger Family photo below…

 

 16 minutes 44 seconds

1910 - Spišská Nová Ves · Haltenberger Family
1910 – Spišská Nová Ves · Haltenberger Family

• Standing • Adele Fussganger, her husband Rudolf Haltenberger Jr., Malvin Haltenberger, Gyula Tellery • Sitting • Litta Haltenberger, Rudolf Haltenberger, Hermine Steinhübel (married Haltenberger), Helianta Haltenberger (baby), Rudolf Haltenberger Sr., Aranka Haltenberger and Ilonka Haltenberger (Rudolf Jr.’s children)

• Postscript from Eva Dusil • 2014 December • This is a rare photo of the entire Haltenberger family from 1910.  Rudolf Haltenberger was the brother of my grandmother Malvin Haltenberger (married Tellery). Rudolf Jr. relocated the family textile business to Budapest, Hungary in 1920, where it became a corporation. Rudi and his family emigrated to Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia in 1949 and died there in 1973. In the photo Malvin Haltenberger (married Tellery, my grandmother), is pregnant with my mother Valeria Tellery. My mother was born on the 9th of September 1910, so possibly this photo was taken sometime in the summer that year.  As a child I only knew Litta on the far left. My mom and I would sleep over at her apartment in Budapest, Hungary, on our journey to Keszthely to begin our summer holidays. Hermine Steinhübel (married: Haltenberger) & Rudolf Haltenberger were my great grandparents.

• Postscript from Gabriel Dusil • 2015 January • This restoration set a new record for me.  It took me 22 hours across four days to restore this photo. This was a big test of endurance and patience. But I was up to the challenge after having already restored 190 photos by this time. One main issue in restoration is to recognize the “photo” below the layer of scratches and other damage, so that it can be restored properly. This is especially problematic around subtle shadows and folds in clothing.  I recorded the entire restoration process, which can be viewed in the video above the photo. Don’t be alarmed – The video has been increased to 80 times that of real-time, so it’s only sixteen minutes.  Sit back and enjoy the background music!

 1 minutes 12 seconds

1923 - Spišská Nová Ves · Gyula & Valeria Tellery (Gyula - 1879.Aug.16 - 1932.Jan.19, restored)

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Adele Fussganger, Aranka Haltenberger, Attila Kende, Csaba Kende, Eva Kendeova, Franz Ludwig Steinhübel, Gyula Teller, Haltenberger, Helianta Haltenberger, Hermina Haltenberger, Hermina Steinhübel, Hermine Steinhübel, Ilonka Haltenberger, Litta Haltenberger, Malvin Haltenberger, Malvin Tellery, Rozália Dubovszky, Rozália Steinhübel, Rudi Haltenberger, Rudolf Haltenberger, Stefan Kende, Valeria Kende, Valeria Kendeova, Valeria Tellery


1923 - Spišská Nová Ves · Gyula & Valeria Tellery (Gyula - 1879.Aug.16 - 1932.Jan.19, premiere pro)

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 18 • Gabičko • Mentors

• We always want our children to be better than us. Some may interpret that to mean success through wealth, fame, or power. But it’s beyond that. I want my boys to be stronger than me. Emotionally, physically, and socially. I want them to survive in this world beyond what I could possibly achieve. I want them to make an impact on their world better than what I achieved. I want to give my boys what my father didn’t – to be their mentor.

• Even with emotional clarity, I always felt limited in my ability to reach the top tiers of success. I revered those that had mentors throughout their lives. I observed how a select few attributed their achievements to a mentor. I never had someone that would sit with me and assess my life and provide continual and persistent guidance. The only times I would be approached directly by a family member was when I was in crisis, or when I had done something horribly wrong. Those times I had been lectured and disciplined. The closest I had to a mentor in those years was my coach, Morris Vaillancourt*, and my girlfriend’s father, Conrad Brown. I respected them immensely – always listening to their words of wisdom, and lessons from life. They were mentors by example and in how they viewed life.

* Morris Vaillancourt, was the coach of the Burlington YMCA Swim Club. He is also a National Coach, Level I and II Clinic Conductor. In 1973 Morris was the Canada Games Coach and also held the position of Chairman of the Ontario Swimming Coaches Association. He has trained over 100 Provincial and National record holders.

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 5 minutes 17 seconds

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr – Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub)
02.Apr.17 - Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Apr.17 – Chertsey · Gabriel & Matias Dusil (St. Peters Hospital)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (pulling hair)
02.Aug - Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
02.Aug – Woking · Matias & Gabriel Dusil (Richmond Gardens, shoulder)
05.Jul - Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Jul – Villamartin · Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (kiss)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas Dusil (living room)
05.Oct - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
05.Oct – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (brothers)
06.Dec - Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Dec – Woking · Lucas & Matias Dusil (penguin)
06.Jul - Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Jul – Albisano · Matias & Lucas Dusil (park walk)
06.Dec - Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)
06.Dec – Woking · Matias, Gabriel & Lucas Dusil (Ivylea rock garden)

02.Apr - Woking · Matias Dusil (bathtub, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 15 • Dusil

• During the communist era very few citizens of the eastern bloc were allowed to travel to the west, except for politicians and sportsmen. Travelling amongst countries such as East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Yugoslavia were allowed. But even that was difficult, since the authorities only allowed travel to the eastern block once every two years. Travel to the west on a Czechoslovakian passport required both a “vyjazdna dolozka” (an “exit visa” granted by the passport police) and an entry visa granted by the western country. Only after receiving the “vyjazdna dolozka” (specific to the country of destination) could the traveler apply for an “entry visa”. In addition, the traveler’s employment manager needed to approve the application.

• Top sportsmen from Czechoslovakia would have a number of STB minders when competing in western countries.  STB, or “Štátna tajna bezpečnosť”, is Slovak for “State Secret Security”. Essentially they were the Czechoslovakian equivalent to the Russian KGB. STB minders were present as members of the Czechoslovakian delegation at events such as the Olympics, European or World championships. Despite these minders, some successfully defected to the embarrassment of the communist party – Martina Navratilova (tennis), Václav Nedomanský and Richard Farda (hockey), and many others. In the early 1960’s travel rules and political repression was a bit relaxed. But these political changes were not enough and this led to changes in the communist party hierarchy. It also resulted in the attempted reforms of the new General Secretary, Alexander Dubček, referred today as the Prague Spring. On the 21st of August 1968 the Soviet Union and four other members of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to halt Dubček’s reforms. This meant in a renewed orthodox communist grip on Czechoslovakia for the next twenty years.

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News footage from the 21st of August 1968

• In 1969 my uncle requested travel to Paris, His boss asked what would happen to his children. My uncle lied, saying that his children would stay with their relatives. Essentially he was reassuring his boss that my cousins would remain home as “collateral deposit”. This was sufficient to reassure the authorities that the traveler would not defect. On that basis his manager approved their travel request. My uncle subsequently forged his children into the application. They obtained exit visas from the passport police, and then entry visas into France. Ten days later they “forgot” to return. The rest is history…

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4 minutes 40 seconds

68.Nov - Košice · Gabriel Dusil
68.Nov – Košice · Gabriel Dusil

 

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 October • Gabičko, this a very cute photo when you were about two months old. I still remember Nanika commenting how well you were able to hold your head up. Love you, Mom, with happy memories.

• Postscript from me • 2014 October • I think I could have won the award for the roundest head in Czechoslovakia.

 

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69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (cradle)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (cradle)
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kiss)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kiss)
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (on Taci's shoulders)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (on Taci’s shoulders)

 

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 September • This photo was taken at Slavo Sykorsky’s villa in Košice, where we lived until we left Czechoslovakia in August 1969 and emigrated to Canada. Prior to Slavo’s place we lived in Pepo Vosecky’s apartment for short time. You were about four months old.

• Postscript from me • 2014 September • Look at that little baby… Precious!

 

69.Apr - Košice · Gabriel Dusil
69.Apr – Košice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil

 

 

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69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1)
69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#2)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#2)
69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#3)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#3)

 

• Postscript from Eva Dusil • 2014 October • These were taken in Košice on the day before we emigrated. We are at the bus station on our way to Bratislava to catch our flight to Paris the following day. In Bratislava we slept over at a rental apartment with Slavo and Milica Sykorsky. We arrived at Orly Airport in Paris, late in the afternoon on the 5th of September – on Vašek’s birthday. As we landed in France we finally felt free. Our first night was in a university dormatory, since the fall semester had not yet begun. You took your first steps that night. During the trip you had a bad cold, runny nose and fever, but a couple days after arriving in Paris you were fine.■ My father-in-law didn’t know that we were leaving, and later told us he would have informed the authorities.

 

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69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1, thumbnail)

 

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 8 • Kende

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

• My mother, Valeria Kendeova, was the shining light in our family. I sometimes wonder where her strength and vision came from, since most of her life she suffered ill health. My mother contracted scoliosis as a teenager. This was due to malnourishment while attending private school in Budapest. When she came home for the summer holidays her mother noticed she had bowed legs, due to the onset of rickets. Valeria told her parents that she was always hungry at boarding school, but they didn’t believe her. Malnutrition at the school later manifested into scoliosis. The curvature of my mother’s spine worsened when she started to work as a clerk – sitting all day at a typewriter. The fact that my mother had a job was considered an achievement. Most women in post-war Czechoslovakia were homemakers. Valeria’s employment was further challenged by the fact that her Slovak wasn’t very good. Her mother tongue was Hungarian, and she also spoke German fluently. My mother also learned French while attending boarding school in Belgium. When the grandchildren were born my mother’s nickname became “Nanika”. This is from the Hungarian, “nagymama”, or grandmother. My mom was the one that guided me to getting a good education, and to strive for post-secondary studies. She allowed me to be independent.

• My father, Stefan Kende’s nickname was “Nadapi”, for the grandchildren. This was taken from the Hungarian “nagyapa”, or grandfather. My father wasn’t involved in nurturing me. Maybe it was different for my older brothers – Csaba who was twelve years my elder, and Attila was seven years older. Stefan had a reputation as an intellectual in our community. He worked as an antique book expert in Czechoslovakia – one of only three experts in the country, who would appraise old books throughout the state. This service was mainly for private libraries, collectors, and antique stores. My father was also a champion chess player – certainly one of the top ten best players in Czechoslovakia. Stefan would finish work at 18:00, come home for supper, then go to the café at Hotel Slovan to play chess. Nadapi played with a group of friends for one koruna per game (about five Canadian cents in today’s exchange rate). With their colorful game commentary they entertained onlookers. He also played in regional and national chess matches. He was a well known chess champion in Košice.

• Kende

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 17 seconds

 5 minutes 55 seconds

 5 minutes 25 seconds

 

69.Dec.24 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
69.Dec.24 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70.Apr.7 - Košice · Stefan Kende's birthday
70.Apr.7 – Košice · Stefan Kende’s birthday

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 October • This photo was taken on my father’s 71st birthday.

 

70.Dec.24 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70.Dec.24 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende

 

70 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende

 

70 - Košice · Stefan Kende, Valeria Kendeova
70 – Košice · Stefan Kende, Valeria Kendeova

• Postscript from my Mom • September 2014 • This is a photo of my Mom and Dad, taken in Kosice, at their home on Krmanova 3, Kosice, shortly after we emigrated to Canada.

 

71.Jul - Košice · Stefan Kende
71.Jul – Košice · Stefan Kende

 

71 - Košice · Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Stefan Kende
71 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
73 - Košice · Stefan Kende
73 – Košice · Stefan Kende
74 - Bardejov · Stefan & Csaba Kende (Bardejovské Kúpele)
74 – Bardejov · Stefan & Csaba Kende (Bardejovské Kúpele)

 

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73 - Košice · Stefan Kende (thumbnail)

Family • Photo Restoration • 6 • Dusil • Cezar

• Introduction by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 March

• Having veterinarian parents carried an expectation that we would always surrounded by animals. Certainly that was the case – even at home. But it also seemed appropriate for my parents to go above and beyond that expectation. That’s why, when I was five years old, getting a Great Dane made sense. Even more appropriate was to call him by the nobles of names: Caesar (Named after Julius Caesar – although we used the Slovak spelling of Cezar).

• When we took him for walks on our street we always had neighbors approaching us, fascinated by his size. “Wow, he’s as big as a horse!”, was the most common comment. Back then many people had never seen a Great Dane in their life. During those years we were always known on the street as, “The veterinarians with the big great dane”.

• When we were young we would even ride Cezar. In the early days he was strong enough to hold me, but eventually only my sister was light enough for Cezar to hold her weight. Looking back, it may have seemed like a form of torture – parading on Cezar’s back as if we were riding a horse. Our friends watch us as if we were a act circus. At the time we felt that Cezar was relishing in the attention. Eventually we stopped our antics when it was clear he could no longer carry us.

• Dusil

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• Digital Photo Restoration

• 6 minute 30 second

 

76 - Burlington · Cezar (photo by Mr. Kinzel)
76 – Burlington · Cezar (photo by Mr. Kinzel)
75.Jul - Burlington · Alica & Cezar Dusil (drinking beer)
75.Jul – Burlington · Alica & Cezar Dusil (drinking beer)
75.Dec - Burlington · Puci, Alica & Cezar Dusil (reading)
75.Dec – Burlington · Puci, Alica & Cezar Dusil (reading)
75.Dec - Burlington · Cezar, Gabriel & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
75.Dec – Burlington · Cezar, Gabriel & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
75.Dec - Burlington · Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil (going for a walk)
75.Dec – Burlington · Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil (going for a walk)
75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs)
75 – Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs)
75.Nov - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Cezar, Spencer Smith Park)
75.Nov – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Cezar, Spencer Smith Park)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (railroad ties)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (railroad ties)
78.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (reading)
78.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (reading)

 

82 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Cezar)
82 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Cezar)

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

Family • Photo Restoration • 5 • Mamička & Taci • Wedding

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 24th February 2015

• Our wedding was on the 24th of February 1968, and remember that it was a cold day. The first part was a civil wedding ceremony at the City Hall in Košice. From there we went to the big cathedral, Dóm svätej Alžbety. After the reception we went to my parent’s apartment on Krmanova 3. My father hired a cook to do the catering. Taci was responsible for getting the wine. Your father was still in the military at the time of the wedding.  He chose his brother as his best man, just as his brother chose Taci when he got married. The wedding group was not very big – somewhere around twenty people. The wedding party included close family, friends and teammates from judo. It was a happy day.  Today would have been our 47th anniversary.

• A year and a half later on 5th of September 1969  we left Czechoslovakia.  We celebrated your first birthday in Paris, and you took your first steps there as well.  We were there with your uncle’s family as well as your godparents, Slavo and Milica Sykorsky. We spent nine weeks in Paris, arranging for visas to enter Canada.

Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 • 9 minutes 12 seconds

  • 5 minutes 55 seconds

 • 7 minutes 51 seconds

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (veil, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (veil)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (down the isle, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (down the isle)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (witness, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (witness)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ceremony, restored #b)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ceremony)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ring, restored #b)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ring)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (kiss, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (kiss)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (signature, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (signature)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking plate, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking plate)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking vase, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking vase)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (sweeping up, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (sweeping up)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (first dance, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (first dance, restored)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 2, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 2)

 

• Top row – Pista Oravec, Juraj Mazanek, Pepo Vosecky, and his sister Alica Vosecky • Second row – Uncle Nandor Wawrek (My dad’s uncle on his mother’s side), Karol Dusil, Erika Dusil, and partially hidden is Sonja Leitman • Third row – Csaba Kende (“Nadapy” my grandfather) Stefan Kende, Roman Dusil (baby), Attila Kende, Robert Dusil • Fourth row –  Viera Kendeova, Zuzka Dusil • Bottom row – Valeria Kendeova (“Nanika”, my grandmother) and the bride and groom, Eva Dusilova and Vaclav Dusil.

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 1, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 1)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (bride, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (bride)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (car, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (car)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (Couple, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (Couple)

 

 

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68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (premiere pro)

 

Family • Dusil • Kende • ©2015 Calendar

Family is legacy.
Legacy brings meaning to life.

Here is my latest mini-project – A 2015 calendar with old family photos. I set out to test my Adobe InDesign skills, and this is the end result. The calendar has a selection of photos that will be released on my blog over the next twelve months. I hope you like it.  You can download the calendar in a high resolution pdf here, or click on the image below.  The file is 174MB, so expect a fairly long download time, depending on your internet bandwidth.

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