You just can’t let them break you
Zdeňka Hraběová, née Horčíková, was born on June 20th 1930 in Nová Dubeč. A year later, she moved to Prague (Praha) with her family. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she joined the Czechoslovak National Socialist Party (Československá strana národně socialistická) at the age of sixteen; a year later, after graduating from trade school, she started to work at the party’s secretariat. There she witnessed the communist takeover of February 1948, after which the party leadership including its chairman left for exile. She left the secretariat at the end of March 1948. Prior to that, she started copying and distributing anti-Communist leaflets and had been supporting her colleagues who decided to leave the country. In May 1948, she had been arrested and brought to the State Security headquarters in Bartolomějská Street for interrogation; after two months, she had been moved to prison in Prague’s district of Pankrác. She was tried in December 1948 together with the Miloslav Choc group. It was the first massive, politically constructed trial of the early Communist regime, with tens of people being accused of subversive activities. Zdeňka had been sentenced to five years in prison but her sentence had been reduced to three years and six months as she committed crime as a juvenile. She served her sentence in juvenile detention centres in Hradec Králové, Kostelec nad Orlicí (Doudleby facility) and Lnáře.