Martin Zapletal was separated from his pregnant wife in October 1944 in Czechoslovakia and was sent to the Sered concentration camp. He managed to escape from Sered and sought help from Maria Pauerova, who was living with her mother, Anna. Maria and Anna agreed to hide Martin in their one-room apartment until the end of the war. Immediately after the war, Maria and Anna helped Martin to be reunited with his wife and son. Today, Martin and his wife live in New York. Anna passed away in 1995. Maria is in her seventies and lives in Slovakia.
Edited by Stephanie Surach