To this day I don’t know my original nationality
Marta Porubová was born on 30 January 1936 as Marta Weiss in Radlin, Silesia, in Poland. She is still unaware of her family’s nationality, but they spoke Polish and German at home. Marta’s father had to enlist in the Wehrmacht, he was captured on the Eastern Front and suffered serious injuries. Marta lived through the dramatic liberation of Radlin at the end of World War II. Her father Gerhard returned to Poland in 1946, shortly after which the whole family moved to Ostrava district. Her father died of war injuries in 1947, and the family had difficulty making a living. Marta worked all her life in the labouring professions. In 1952 she married Stanislav Poruba and moved to Zašová. They had two children, Danuše and Dalibor. She played the accordion for many years. Today, she is retired, still devoted to music. At the time of the interview, she was living with her daughter in Zašová.