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Ing. Josef Novotný (1937) - Biography


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We were hiding a parashute

Josef Novotný was born on 7 August 1937 in Prague. His family originally came from Kutná Hora, before the war they moved to Prague. Father worked as a train post officer and was a very active member of the Sokol movement and a Czechoslovakian gymnastics representative. As a Sokol member the father of Josef Novotný was engaged in resistance and was hiding parachutes sent from the Great Britain. One of them, probably Josef Valčík, was hiding in their cottage in Křesetice. The family was not revealed and survived the war. During the post-war period Josef Novotný studied technics at the Czech Technical University in Prague and since 1960 until retirement he worked in ČKD. His father joined the communist party and became an OSN ambassador for post organisation.

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