We continue with the fourth episode of “If I had been a boy, I would have been shot…” by Jaroslava Skleničková, in which she tells the extraordinary story of her life following the destruction of her home village of Lidice at the height of the Nazi occupation in June 1942. David Vaughan gives us the story so far.
Because she is just over sixteen, and therefore considered an adult, Jaří has been sent with her older sister, their mother and the other women of Lidice to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, north of Berlin. All the women, 184 in total, are confined to one cramped barrack, working and sleeping in two shifts to save room. Yet the women try to maintain at least a semblance of the dignity of their old lives in the village. In the camp they discover that they are not to be joined by their children or their husbands. Veronika Hyks reads.