The communists harmed our family profoundly; It is hard to forgive
Zdenka Vévodová, nee Stehlíčková, was born in Bojkovice on November 28, 1937. Her father, Martin Stehlíček, was a stonemason and a shop with funeral items. She was injured from two pieces of shrapnel during the bombardment of Bojkovice in April 1945. Her friend did not survive the bombardment. The bombs also damaged the family home. After February 1948 the communists closed down her father’s store and tried coercing him to collectivize the rest of his business. Martin Stehlíček refused. In a show trial in 1958 he was sentenced to five years in prison. The court confiscated his wife’s property and sentenced her to two and a half years. Her father died in prison and his wife was freed after eight months due to ailing health. Zdenka Vévodová became a teacher and taught at primary schools in Brumov, Jarcová and Valašské Meziříčí. Her parents were fully rehabilitated after the fall of the communist regime.