Marie Jeníková (* 1924) was born in Hrochův Týnec in East Bohemia into a farmer's family. After completing her training as a tailor, she received an order in February 1944 to leave for Germany and start working in the BMW factory in Basdorf near Berlin. As a lathe operator she worked the heads for aircraft engines, during which she tried to damage them intentionally to make them defunct. Later on, she worked in the storehouse and as a clerk assistant in an office. She was accommodated together with other girls in the wooden barracks of a common camp in Basdorf, approximately 8 km away from her workplace to which she had to go on foot every day. The food was insufficiently nutritious and she relied on parcels sent from home. Also, the sanitary conditions in the accommodation facility were poor. Women had hot water only rarely; they had to settle for cold water when showering and doing laundry. The rooms were swarming with bedbugs and other insects. Mrs. Jeníková experienced many air raids in Basdorf, during which several forced labourers died.
After the war, she had several jobs, including as a tailor, telephone operator and therapist and nurse in a mental hospital in Havlíčkův Brod. After she retired, she worked in a local community centre as an usherette during concerts, theatre performances and other cultural events. In 2001, when she applied for compensation from the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation, she again recalled the period of her forced labour: "But I can tell you, only then did I realise what poor things we were when we went there, what we experienced there and that it was only through great good fortune that we returned alive and healthy and that it simply did not leave some drastic marks on us...I can tell you that I was weeping over these memories and I realised what my parents were experiencing when they were sent me, a healthy child, somewhere and did not know where and whether I would come back... So, all the trauma suddenly overwhelmed me; somehow it all came back to me."
In 2002, she received financial compensation and was glad: "And suddenly I received notice that I had some money. And I kept saying all the time, that's not possible, that's not possible, I completely forgot about it. I did not expect to get anything. And when it was true, I was amazed; I went to the post office and then I was afraid that someone might rob me when I was carrying the money... so I put it under my arm and I ran to a bank with it."