Hana Pichova grew up under a totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia during the 1970s.
For Pichova, opportunities for learning and discovery were rare under the control of the communist government.
At 18, she and her parents fled to Switzerland. Pichova decided she wanted to immigrate to America. Unbeknownst to her parents, she went to the German border to seek political asylum. When they learned of her move, they decided to follow her, despite their reservations.