We did not try to resist something we thought could not be changed
Ludmila Mikušková was born on May 22, 1933 as the youngest of six children in Valašská Polanka, where she lived her whole life. Her parents, František and Jana Žák, lived on a farm. Her father fought in the First World War and ended up wounded. Shortly before the end of the Second World War, Ludmila’s cousin František Žák took the side of the resistance supporters and he offered his house as a refuge to a Russian partisan, who hid there until he recovered from his injuries. Ludmilla’s sister Božena also supported František Žák’s family. Ludmila graduated from a primary school in Valašská Polanka and commuted to Vsetín for the lower-secondary school. From that time she remembers frequent air raids and also the crash of an American bomber (29 August 1944) close to the nearby village of Liptál. After finishing her schooling, Ludmila helped her parents on the farm and later joined the Vsetín Arms Factory as a worker. After the birth of her children she was employed at MEZ Vsetín. In 2021 she was still living in Valašská Polanka.