Od dětství jsem se pořád něčeho bála
Jiřina Masná, née Flurová, was born on the 10th April in 1936 in Ostrava. She comes from a family of miners, her grandfather, father and other relatives worked in the mines. She grew up in a miners’ colony in the Hrušov neighbourhood in Ostrava. During WWII, the German occupying forces built a radio station in their house. She and her family had to live in the cellar during that time. Some of her relatives were imprisoned in concentration camps during WWII. She witnessed several air raids in Ostrava and the liberation of the city in 1945. She worked as a design engineer in the Stavoprojekt company and she thus participated, among others, on the construction of the Ostrava neighbourhood of Poruba. In 1966, she started working in the Vítězný únor [February Victory] mine as a map draughtswoman. She never joined the Communist party and for this reason, she got into clashes with her superiors and Communist functionaries.