Memory of Nation


Blanka Vítková (1961)

 Blanka Vítková (1961)
They brought us there and said, the less you know, the better

Trouble with State Security

“State Security arrested us in Lány. Then back here in Zlín we were summoned for questioning by State Security. Luckily we had been instructed by Standa Devátý that we should refuse to testify, that we shouldn’t speak with them at all, so they wouldn’t catch us on something. So my husband and I got out clean by not saying anything. Some people thought that Slušovice Co-op was a progressive enterprise, but the management and Čuba [the managing director - trans.] were all in one boat with the stetsecs [State Security officers - trans.]. So the issue bounced back and came to my manager, who called me up and said: ‘Blanka, I don’t want to see this kind of thing again. What were you up to in that there Louny?’ They were ordinary village folk. That manager hadn’t a clue about how things were.”

  • born 4 August 1961 in Zlín (then called Gottwaldov)
  • her husband Radomír Vítek was a signee of Charter 77
  • member of the Society of Friends of the USA (SPUSA)
  • secretly copied out samizdat literature
  • participated in several anti-regime demonstrations in Prague
  • as of 2017, lives in Zlín
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