In the Protectorate, people did not trust each other
Věra Skrbková, née Špiková, was born on the 18th of February in 1926 in Humenné. In Eastern Slovakia. Her father Antonín Špika (1889–1996) had served in the Czechoslovak Legion, he was disabled due to a war injury and in Humenné, he worked at the post office. In 1928, the family moved to Paseky nad Jizerou and later to Zásada. Věra’s older brother was serving as forced labourer in Germany and he ran away. Antonín Špika, who was a postmaster in Zásada, withheld several letters for the Gestapo. Věra finished the basic school, then she went to a business academy. During the WWII, she worked as a clerk in a gem cutter’s workshop. After the war, shemoved to Liberec. In 1952, she witnessed the show trial in which her acquaintance, Marie Zemanová, was tried. In the same year, she married Břetislav Skrbek and they had two children. The family settled in Turnov. Her husband taught at a secondary school, the witness attended teachers’ courses and then started to teach at the basic school there.