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In Pictures: Josefina Napravilova, Czechoslovakia's heroic mother

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Josefina Napravilova as a young girl.

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Josefina Napravilova with members of the group Majak Plzne, which published her memoir last year, when she was 99.

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A class photo of Vaclav Hanf from when he was a Czechoslovak school boy. The photo was shown to authorities to prove his origins after Josefina found him. Little Vaclav is the 2nd from left in the front row.

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"The greatest reward is to see joy in the eyes of children," Josefina Napravilova wrote in her memoir. "I could never have children of my own, but in the end, I like to think I had 40 children."

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Josefina Napravilova's identity card from to post-war years when she was working with the International Refugee Organization.

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Josefina Napravilova, with Vaclav Hanf.

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