Daughter of political prisoners
Jana Arbanová, née Zlámalová, was born on 13 May 1962 in Otrokovice. By then her parents Josef Zlámal and Žofie Zlámalová, née Slováčková, had already lived through a long-term jail sentence, to which they were condemned by the communist regime in the early 1950s. Josef Zlámal joined the anti-communist resistance organization Světlana in 1948. He led the people who were fleeing the new regime across the border and he helped spread anti-communist leaflets. He was spared the capital punishment for high treason only due to the fact that his wife knew very little about everything and did not reveal even that little in pre-trial detention. Nevertheless, the regime sentenced her to seven years in prison. Josef was then sentenced to fifteen years in prison instead of being hanged and was released after ten years on amnesty. As a result of imprisonment and hard work in the mines, he died when Jana was less than seven years old. Mother and daughter then struggled through life only by force of will. At primary school, Jana refused to join the pioneer organization out of her own conviction. She expected not to have a chance to be admitted to secondary school, so she trained as a saleswoman. She and her husband Jan raised two children, Jan and Žaneta.