How could they torment such a good and brave man?
Věra Fabiánová, née Růžičková, was born on the 31st of March in 1937 in Vavřineč, a village on the edge of Mělník. During WWII, her father, Josef Růžička, was connected to the resistance group Národní mstitel [National Avenger] and he participated in hiding and saving a British pilot. In 1949, during a search in her father’s house, a transceiver and a hand gun was found which he kept from the war. He was arrested and after being held in custody for a long time, he was sentenced for high treason to twenty five years in prison. Other members of the resistance group were arrested and tried as well, one of them was sentenced to death. Josef Růžička was serving his sentence, among others, in the Jachymov labour camp where his family could visit him once in a month. He got an early release due to an amnesty in 1960, after having served eleven years in prison. Witness’ older brother Miloslav Růžička graduatded from a secondary technical school despite bad family background. Věra apprenticed as a hairdresser and worked in Mělník In 1955, she got married and raised two children.