Movement is a free medicine
Zdislava Kodešová was born May 2, 1930 in Poděbrady. Her father Josef Štancl, a warehouse owner in Prague, was interrogated multiple times during World War II for his alleged contacts with Jewish emigrants. His health deteriorated due to the mental strain and he died in 1944. The family faced hardship and financial difficulties after his death. In order to contribute to her family’s income, Zdislava started working in glassworks instead of studying at high school. In 1945 she learned that resistance fighters had been hiding in her father’s company during the war, supposedly even members of the legendary group called the Three Kings. Soon after the liberation in 1945, Zdislava joined the Sokol movement where she used to meet Ctirad Mašín and Milan Paumer. At the 11th national Sokol festival in 1948 she took part in the symbolic act of disapproval of the communist regime together with others. She worked as a modern gymnastics coach in a sports club in the 1960s. Following 1989, she contributed to the restoration of Sokol.