She gave her son a sleeping pill
On 29th March 1949, Helena Šidáková set out with her small one-year-old son Zdeněk, Jarka Navrátilová, Růžena Lieblová, who wanted to escape to be with her father living abroad, and with her close friend seventeen-year-old Jindra Budínská. The group took a train from Prague to Dobříkov. They wanted to try to illegally cross the border to Germany. For a while, they were accompanied by her husband, an agent - walker Zdeněk Šidák, who had organized their escape. He parted with them in Pilsen, because he did not want to put the group in danger. In the event of them being revealed, his presence would harm everyone in the group during an interrogation. At the train station in Dobříkov, an older man was waiting for them, who took the ladies with the child to his house in the village. He made them tea. Helena put a light sleeping pill in her son’s infant formula. At around one a.m. the group set out: “The night was clear and we walked easily. The path led upwards. Jindra was helping me carry Zdenda, who was sleeping tightly. We progressed slowly. After about five hours the man had stopped. He didn’t want to go any further with us, because it would soon be dawn and he had to go back to the village. The border was two hundred metres away. The bright star above us was supposed to guide us. He showed us that we were to carry on straight up the hill where we would soon come across the edge of a forest near a village, which we were to avoid. Along the edge of the forest we would reach the border itself,” recounts Helena Šidáková, who parted with Jindra there, who had gone back with the guide to Dobříkov.