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Oldřich Kafuněk (1928) - Biography


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Oldřich Kafuněk was born on 4 April, 1928 in Lysá nad Labem. At the age of ten he joined the scouting unit and later became one of his leaders. In 1947 he participated in the international scouting jamboree (meeting) in France. During WW2 he lived together with his family in Prague-Kobylisy and experienced search for the assailants of Reinhard Heydrich, the deputy Reich´s Protector. At the end of war he served at the civilian defence, so called Luftschutz, and later as a volunteer at the Prague Revolution Guards battalion. As a guard he served during the execution of Karl Hermann Frank in Prague - Pankrác in 1946. At the beginning of the 1950s he studied biology at the Charles University's Faculty of Science, but shortly before his graduation was expelled for political reasons. In the 1950s and 1960s he worked at the Research Institute for Pharmacy and Biochemistry. In 1964 he married; he met his wife as a volleyball coach. His last permanent residence was at the Sokolovna in Prague- Michle, where he worked as a building manager since 1973. He is a father of two children and a grandfather of four grandchildren. His lifelong hobbies include scouting, sports and weapons. A longtime member of the Prague Dixieland, where he played a jazz trumpet. The witness died on June 17, 2017.

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