European Journal of Wildlife Research (2018) 64:34 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-018-1197-7 OBITUARY LuděkBartoš Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 people originating from a family like George.) No wonder, when Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviet Union and its satellites in 1968, George did not hesitate and defected first to Switzerland and later to Canada where he joined his parents who had got out of their native country earlier. In Canada, he met his future wife Ella, with whom he has had three children and seven grandchildren. Over the period of their 45 years of marriage, Ella became the pillar of his life and she was his support until the last mo- ments of his life. She created an invaluable family background which allowed George to be fully involved in his research. Ella not only raised their children and cared for the family, but as a qualified nurse, she also helped him occasionally with his field work. Later, when their children grew up, Ella travelled with George across the world being a true companion in life. When he got ill, he had to take an early retirement and eventually had to give up his research and many of his hobbies and
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