He had not even greeted us and already set out to burn religious pictures
Zdeňka Pižlová was born on 8 May 1928 in Nekmíř near Pilsen. She had enjoyed an undisturbed childhood in the West Bohemian countryside until September 1941 when her father got arrested based on a neighbour‘s allegation. He had spent the first year in Terezín, later was transported to the Flossenbürg concentration camp where he had been imprisoned until the end of the war. Following father‘s arrest, the family found itself practically without income. Zdeňka had to work manually, not getting the chance to study. After the liberation, she found employment as a shop assistant. In 1947 she got married and with her husband received an equipped store in Přimda, formerly owned by the expelled Germans. She stayed in that one job until retirement, working in a shop for 63 years altogether.