My dad was sent to jail during communism by those who were “heiling Hitler” the most
Vlasta Jurášková was born on 17 November 1940 in Kostelec near Holešov. Her father František Dostalík was a well-known butcher in the region. He joined the anti-Nazi resistance movement in 1944. He supplied sausages to partisans from the 1st Czechoslovak Partisan Brigade of Jan Žižka. Vlasta Jurášková remembers German soldiers accommodated in their house during the war. At the age of five, she saw the Soviets coming to Kostelec. There was still shooting around the town. After the war, the Communists began to come to her father to persuade him to join the party. František Dostalík refused because he knew that many of them were confidants during the war. Shortly after the “Victorious February” in 1948, the property of the Dostalík family was nationalized. In 1950, her father was arrested and imprisoned for a year and half in a forced labour camp in Pardubice. Vlasta had two brothers, Břetislav and Zdeněk. None of the children were allowed to study in high school. Vlasta started working directly after primary school and she never completed her education. She and her husband Jan Jurášek raised two children, Vlastimil and Jana.