Ukrainian children play under Fast Arrows photos. Refugees are housed in the apartment of Foglar iROZHLAS

For the fifth consecutive year, the Czech Literary Center, in cooperation with the Jaroslav Foglar Scout Foundation, organizes residences for foreign authors and accommodates them in the apartment of a famous Czech writer in Prague. A few days ago, the organizers granted asylum to the Ukrainian poet and her two young children found a new temporary home there.




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“It’s a nice idea for me to have two children from Ukraine playing under images of Quick Arrows,” Michala Čičváková, resident coordinator of the Czech Literary Center, told Radiožurnál, who also described that these images were really on the walls of the apartment.

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In the residential apartment, translators from the Czech language into other languages ​​and sometimes writers alternate every month.

“It’s been about four weeks since Ukrainian Marie Ilyashenko called us at the center, saying that she knew Ukrainian poet Julia Kručak Zakaževská, who was fleeing her home near kyiv and didn’t know where to go,” Čičváková continues.

Kručak Zakaževská is one of the renowned poetry writers and translators in Ukraine. She arrived in Prague this weekend with her ten-month-old daughter and a six-year-old boy. Her husband – an artist remained in Ukraine in the militia.

“It was a lot of spontaneous actions, everything was hectic. For example, before I could call my superiors at the Moravian regional library in Brno, if we can help refugees from Ukraine, we already received a phone call from Mrs. Ilyashenko indicating that a mother with two young children is on her way. It’s really good that we all acted quickly and with a clear decision, “he recalls the time when Russian troops invaded a free country with full force .


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“The rules for resident accommodation are strictly defined, and even now the apartment was occupied by another resident, and we had to agree with him that he would live in another smaller apartment and undergo more space for his mother and children.”

Residents ask for the opportunity to live in Jaroslav Foglar’s apartment up to six months in advance.

Just a plastic bag and a backpack

“I have to thank everyone who contributed to this good thing, even the Spanish resident was generous and immediately understood the situation and wondered how else he could get his hands on it. He was open, friendly. You know, he moved into Foglar’s apartment on Saturday, and I told him on Sunday that he was just going to live somewhere else. I think now everyone feels his help and at the same time happy to be able to help”, Čičváková summarizes his observations.

He recounts with a smile how other mothers immediately reacted by saying that they would organize a collection for Julia and her children, because the woman, like hundreds of thousands of others, literally ran away with a plastic bag to hand and a backpack on it. back. “They collected toys, books and I was very proud to be able to help.”

Julie Kručak Zakaževská can only stay in the apartment for two months, but representatives of the Czech Literary Center have already teamed up with other organizations to help temporary residents in the coming days. At the same time, they want to help other Ukrainian writers. According to Čičváková, everything is still in negotiation, but she thinks that people will proceed as quickly and spontaneously as in the case of Julia Kručak Zakaževská.


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“As a literary center, we were also lucky that Julie is a sensitive being and perceives help from the Czech side. She writes various messages to people on her social networks, writes about her experiences and maybe something will be created that will capture her strong story, which is now shared and experienced by many others”, believes Čičváková and further states that Julie is very socially active.

The apartment has its own charm

She has already founded a charity, attended psychology courses and therefore wants to help Ukrainians.

“And you know, this apartment of Jaroslav Foglar has its charm, and all the inhabitants who lived there said that they felt such a special energy and peace there, and I think Hawk is happy that there are people living in this apartment who want to speak through literature, who are interested in literature, and I think they would like to have children running around there now. The apartment has now fulfilled another meaning.”

After years of inheritance disputes in court, a Scout foundation bearing the writer’s name has acquired two rooms in the nearby center of Prague. She had the abandoned premises repaired and donated them for the residency program of the Czech Literary Centre.

Michaela Veteskova

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