“When we arrived at the railways station, there were a lot of people, a lot of luggage, people were crying there; well, it was... When I saw it, it started to weight on me, especially in my age. When I saw the crows and crying people, I suddenly felt sick.”
“Military garrison arrived in Uničov, they were young soldiers and we already knew that it was not good. And it was publicly announced on the radio one day that Uničov had been occupied and that it would stop being part of the republic.”
“Turbulent times began in 1938 when Heinlein started to visit villages and ask people to vote for Hitler´s supporters and the Sudeten German Party which gained the most votes was indeed elected. Well and very turbulent times began at that time.”
We knew that it was not good when Henlein started to visit villages
Soňa Palátová, née Walterová was born on 13 December 1927 in Kojetín. She and her parents Marie and Jaroslav Walter moved to Uničov when she was two years old and she started to attend first year of school there. The family had to leave Sudeten Uničov in September 1938. They spent a month at their acquaintance´s in Olomouc then they moved again, this time to Třebíč where her father worked as a clerk. The family spent the whole war period in Třebíč. Witness was living in Hradec Králové during the time of the shooting the interview (2015). Soňa Palátová died in 2019.