The world lies wide open in front of me and I will be happy as a king in it
Věra Janovská was born on July 20, 1929 in Choltice in the Pardubice region. As a child she lived in Neveklov, but in 1942 her family was forced to move to Černošice because the village was taken over by Germans and turned into an artillery training ground for SS troops. Fourteen-year-old Věra started to work in Janečkárna in the same year. In 1945 she began to study a trade academy in Prague. In 1945 she also got acquainted with Scouting for the first time when her brother-in-law established the first Scout troop in Horní Černošice. Věra took her Scout pledge during her first Scout camp a year later, and shortly after she became one of the leaders of the 1st Girl Scout troop in Horní Černošice. Their troop was forced to quit their activities when Scouting became banned. In the same year Věra began to do forced labour in Prague-Nusle and on February 14, 1945 she also experienced the massive air raid on Prague. In 1951 she married an army pilot and they moved to Brno. In 1954 Věra gave birth to their first son and later they also had a baby girl, but unfortunately she died four months after being born. Their second son was born in 1961. From 1970 Věra worked in the National Assembly (later renamed Federal Assembly). After retiring she worked as a secretary at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. She took up Scouting again and in 1992 she worked in the Junák headquarters. Later she also participated in the Woodcraft School for Old Scouts, where she met Mirko Vosátko. In 1995 she was awarded the Silver Fleur-de-lis in a trefoil. In 2001 she joined the Prague Svojsík Group. She still attends Old Scout camps and two times she took part in Old Scout Jamborees.