Portrait of a Character – Milena Chelenska
Milena was originally created as a part of a wholly original time travel series that I have abandoned. She was always a doctor, and was always a Holocaust survivor, based on Franz Kafka’s real-life lover, Milena Jesenska. As a love interest for Richard Daniels, I feel that she shines even more.
Milena is played by Czech actress Michaela Dolinova.
It was very important for me, for the actress to be Czech in origin, as not only the ethnicity is important, but so is the accent.
I love that this actress is older, too, as Milena is meant to be worn down by the world.
Beaten down by the world and skeptical of the good in it, Milena survives more because
she refuses to die than for any other reason. She experiences horrors at Dachau, including being a part of desperately trying to give a pregnant inmate an abortion before the Nazis discover the unnamed woman’s pregnancy. It all goes horribly wrong, and the unnamed woman dies. Milena vows to, if she survives, only help others. This also means illegal euthanasia for her neighbor, Mrs. Klinghofer, when Klinghofer’s inoperable cancer becomes truly intolerable.
Milena is first seen, in the chronological order of the stories, by Tripp Tucker, during Day of the Dead, when he’s interphased to the liberation of Dachau in 1945. Milena and her sister, Noemy, along with Mrs. Klinghofer, are befriended by Tucker and other soldiers.
Elijah, a neighbor’s son, is Milena’s boy next door type. But he’s Orthodox, and Milena and her family aren’t, so his parents don’t agree to a marriage. Instead, Elijah is promised to another. When they are shipped to Dachau, only his father and her sister remain, as her parents have committed suicide and Elijah’s mother has died as the result of a rape and beating. At the time of selection, because his father is going to be killed, even though Elijah could have lived, he sacrifices himself and goes to the death side, and is gassed.
Although Milena admits that she has taken lovers since his death, she’s never really gotten over him until she meets Rick.
With Rick, she finds an intellectual equal and is able to unburden herself. He, in turn, unburdens himself about Jun. They work together to heal each other. By the time of He Stays a Stranger, he realizes that he cannot just leave her in the past. In Mirror Masquerade, they are together, and she is practicing a limited form of medicine in the deep future.
There are no real impediments to her existence in the Mirror Universe. I feel she’d be carefree, maybe even wealthy.
She could even be one of the very few Mirror Universe women who didn’t have a lousy life.
“I have conclusive evidence that we are not alone in the universe. And I am well aware of exactly how insane that sounds, so I shall endeavor to explain.”
I love this character and she will definitely be seen again.