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Jiří Svoboda (1936) - Biography

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I was a worker, I did not want to join the Party

Jiří Svoboda was born in 1936 and he spent his childhood in Hradec Králové. As a son of a boilerman, he was seeing German soldiers every day in the building which had been taken over by the wehrmacht. On the last day of the war in 1945 he and his father were nearly shot to death when Jiří's father insulted a German officer. Due to his distant relative who fled to the United States, Jiří was drafted to the army and assigned to the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP) when he was eighteen years old. Jiří worked in various manual jobs throughout his life. He is interested in current political situation as well as in the political events related to the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

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