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She was born to an old aristocratic family of Slovakian origin, although settled in Bohemia; her father was Jan Jesensky, a professor at Prague University. Milena studied at Prague Girl Grammar School Minerva (absolved 1915). Between 1918-1925, she was married to Ernst Pollak and lived in Vienna. In the early 1920s, her love-affair with Prague writer Franz Kafka started. This intellectual friendship lasted several years and was very important for both of them. In its time, 1920-23, Milena became a journalist - Vienna contributor of Tribuna (daily newspaper in Prague and between 1923-26 Narodni Listy in Prague, and then magazines Pestry tyden and Lidove Noviny. Between 1938-1939 she was editor of the famous political and cultural magazine Pritomnost published in Prague by Ferdinand Peroutka. After the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Hitler's armies, Milena joined a secret military resistance organisation. In 1939 she was arrested by the Gestapo for it. Next year, she was deported to a concentration camp Ravensbrück, Germany, where she died in 1944.
Books: Cesta k jednoduchosti, 1926; Clovek dela saty 1927 etc. Selected essays of Pritomnost Magazine (1937-39) were published as a book posthumously.
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