Marie Dubská

* 1921  

  • “After they had bombed us – and the floor we were on was in flames – one of the walls began to crumble in the room where I was on duty by the telephone. And the commander yelled at me: 'Move aside, girl,' so I jumped aside and it all fell down. And as I was on duty... clothing was scarce back then, girls wouldn´t even wear knickers. All I had was a skirt and a jacket. Then the boys found out that there were those black uniforms in the basement. So they wanted me to wear it, as I was among the boys day and night, they wanted me to wear trousers. So I changed my clothes. And my old clothes were just hanging there and of course it all burned. My backpack with my ID in it, it was all gone. And we had to move down.” - “To the Town Hall cellars?” - “Yes. But not where mothers with children were. And after that, I... as our phone broke down... As I had been running to get some food for the boys and bringing the wounded downstairs, I found out there was this other phone. So we had some connection after all, right? But downstairs, as we got there, we had been already saying our goodbyes, given that we had been expecting them to storm in and shoot us all. But the Germans, the Gestapo-men, they were so afraid of the Soviet Army that they just tried to run away in time to get to the Americans.”

  • “One of the German girls who were with me at the convent school was visited by her sister who brought something with her. And all the German girls gathered, talking and laughing. And I saw they had this leaflet. And after the sister left, the girl had been ordering her stuff in a drawer. And she would leave the leaflet on the table so I would just grab it and read it. And there was stated that Masaryk was a liar, despite having 'Truth prevails' as his slogan. And Czechs – they would all go to hell! And after that, we would have our land, our nation and our leader. So without hesitating I decided that as I would go to class I would report it to the police. But sister educator took that leaflet from me. But there was this girl in our class who didn´t live at the convent. And she helped me find out where the police station was. And I went to class I would go there and report it. And after that, it was already May.”

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My part was to deliver orders to the boys who were shooting

Marie Dubská, a portrait
Marie Dubská, a portrait
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Marie Dubská was born on October 26th 1921 in the village of Srlín near Bernartice, South Bohemia. In September 1937, she went to a convent school in the border-town of Poběžovice. Even the girls from the convent school couldn´t avoid the nationalism-fueled conflict between Czech and Germans – in May 1989, Marie reported at the local police station that in the convent anti-Czech leaflets spreading vitriolic hate are being distributed. In September 1938, she joined protests against surrendering the border regions to Germany. She joined the resistance during the war, serving as a messenger and distributing leaflets. During the Prague uprising, she was among the fighters trying to capture the Old Town City at the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) in Prague (Praha). From May 6th to May 8th 1945, as part of the ‘Matylda’ squad stationed in the City Hall, she resisted Nazi troops storming the building. She delivered orders, tended the wounded and maintained the rear for the men who were fighting. She left the burning ruins of the City Hall only after the final capitulation of the Nazis.