Mrs. Mary Ann (Ladic) Koucky

Background

Mrs. Mary Anne (Ladic) Koucky was born on April 10, 1934. Her and her family moved to the Philippines during the Great Depression. With the Japanese invasion of the Philippines during WWII, the Ladics were relocated to a POW camp in Manilla. Spending three years transferring from camp to camp, Mrs. Koucky overcame many hardships of the terrible living conditions she was forced to endure with her family members and hundreds of other people. Malnutrition, starvation, poor medical procedures, overcrowding, rape and murder is all that Mrs. Koucky has left to remember of her unfortunate childhood. Despite the burning of the camps, Mrs. Koucky was able to hold onto the doll that she made over 70 years ago. We appreciate Mrs. Koucky’s time for opening up to us in the interview and we thank her for sharing her inspiring story.

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