They tortured a woman who was protecting her husband
On Holy Saturday on 16th April 1949, at around one a.m., State Security interrogator Pešek, “one of the worst monsters in the State Security,” took Helena Šidáková from her cell, writes Helena in her book Shattered years. He brought her into a cellar room with no windows. The interrogator nicknamed “Dorek” or “Doctor” was sitting behind a desk and a big muscular guy was standing next to him. The “Doctor” asked her amiably: “Well, where is your husband? We’ll get him anyway." "I answered that I didn’t know, so they beat me up quite a bit,” recounts Helena Šidáková. First they beat her in the face, pulled her hair, then they laid her on a bench and beat the soles of her feet with metal poles: “That is probably the worst pain of all. As I was throwing myself from side to side, I fell on the floor so stupidly, that I injured my spine. I couldn’t get up any more,” describes Šidáková, who was being interrogated for an hour. They wanted her to tell them, where her husband was hiding, a so called agent - walker Zdeněk Šidák. Helena begged them to let her be, that she truly didn’t know where he had escaped. In the end, the interrogators dragged her across the prison corridor to her cell: “Well, I must have looked horrible. Other arrested people were standing in the corridor. I could see their horrified faces, when they saw me. I couldn’t stand up from the pain in my feet and back,” Helena describes the interrogator’s frenzy which had no boundaries. When they were finished with her, her hair was plucked, her head was beaten, she was lying on the floor next to the table she had fallen from with her hands bound, red bruises on her thighs and she couldn’t stand on her feet.