In Sokol, we trained our bodies, in the Boy Scouts, we trained our souls
Vlasta Vaňoučková was born on July 30th, 1934 in Poděbrady. While living there, she witnessed the Second World War. As Hitlerjugend organisation took over many public buildings in Poděbrady, Vlasta had to go to school to a presbytery or to the local castle. During the uprising of May 1945, she witnessed a German tank aiming into the crowds, but in the end, the conflict was avoided. After the war, she witnessed collaborators being attacked in Poděbrady. Right in 1945, she joined the reestablished Sokol and Boy Scout organizations, in 1948, she took part in the 11th All Sokol Rally in Prague. She befriended Zbyněk Janata, who later joined the Mašín brother’s resistance group. After 1953, she witnessed the trial against the group members and after that also the execution of Zbyněk Janata. After graduating from a secondary school as a make-up artist she was working as a shop assistant and was also a trade inspector. She was a member of an amateur theatre troupe in Poděbrady. After the Velvet Revolution, she had bacome its chronicler.