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Ivan Kieslinger (1928) - Biography

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Be ready! This is the motto of the Boy Scouts; here it meant – for anything...

Ivan Kieslinger was born on November 28th in 1928. Since early childhood he had been a Boy Scout; in May 1945 he participated actively in the Prague Uprising; subsequently, he was convicted to six months for distributing the anti-communist self-printed publication (samizdat) Svobodný zítřek (´Free Tomorrow´). For taking part in the uprising of May 17th in 1949 he was convicted to 16 years of imprisonment. In December 1949 the warders at the Jáchymov camp ´Rovnost´ (´Equality´) used Ivan Kieslinger as a victim on which to „train" proper beating of prisoners. He sustained long-term injuries, ended up on the hospital bed for two years. He has been suffering from the consequences until now: epilepsy, combined lung and bone tuberculosis. In 1954 he was reprieved on health grounds.


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