‘I was born a Pole and I will stay a Pole‘, my dad said. And he was sent to a concentration camp
Halina Niedobová, née Žyłová was born on 12 February 1934 in a Polish family in Horní Suchá in the area of Karviná. Her father Adolf was a teacher. He refused to give up Polish nationality during WWII when the village as part of the area of Těšín was annexed to German Reich. He survived eight months in concentration camps Dachau and Mauthausen-Gusen and he worked as a miner in a mine until the end of the war. The witness attended German school. As a pupil she had to participate in discarding Polish books designated for burning. Her aunt and nieces were forced to work in Germany. The witness remembers the end of the war in Horní Suchá and liberation by the Soviet army in May 1945. After graduation from Pedagogical grammar school in Opava, she taught at elementary schools with Polish as a language of instruction. She and her husband moved to Mosty u Jablunkova at the end of the 1950s. For more than ten years she was the head teacher at a one-room Polish school in the district of Mosty called Šance. When it was shut down, she taught at a Polish school in the centre of Mosty until her retirement.