I thank god for the good things that happened to me, I don‘t expect anything from him
Jitka Pešová, born Tobyášová, was born on 22 September 1927 in Brno. Mother Marie Matějková had to leave the profession of a teacher after the wedding and devoted herself to her family. Dad Jaroslav Tobyáš graduated from the University of Agriculture in Vienna and became a leading Czechoslovak expert in flax cultivation and processing. He held the office of the top ministerial council for the flax industry. He worked as director of the Flax Research Station in Domanínek, where Jitka and her sister and parents lived in one of the apartments in the mansion. She spent an idyllic childhood here. In 1941 the Tobyáš family moved to Bystřice nad Pernštejnem. The same year, on the basis of a report, a crackdown took place in Domanínek with the aim of arresting a hiding Jewish girl. The Germans took away not only the hiding Alice Fainová and her fiancé, a farm employee Bohumír Běhulu, but the neighbors and family friends of husband Neděles. They died in the Mauthausen concentration camp. The engaged couple was executed in Pankrác prison. The witness experienced dramatic moments of the end of World War II in Bystřice nad Pernštejnem. After graduation, she joined the University of Agriculture in Brno. During political cleansing at school, she was thrown out of studies because of her so-called bourgeois origins. She worked in the food shop until she once went to guard children at the elementary school in Bystřice. She immediately liked working with children and stayed in the job. She devoted herself to self-study and later completed her university education and taught at secondary school. She moved from Bystřice nad Pernštejnem with her husband to a row house in Brno. Today he lives in Prague near her son and his family.