We have not dealt with the past and the way it looks now is the consequence of it
Jan Bartoš was born on May 2, 1944 in Pardubice. His father was appointed as a state administrator to take over the management of the power station and the Transport Company in Liberec where the family moved. Jan Bartoš enlisted at the airport in České Budějovice, later he was sent to a school for specialists in Poprad for one year. In 1965, he returned from the military service to the factory which manufactured air-conditioning systems in Liberec, (later renamed LVZ). In 1967 he was admitted to a construction company as a designer of lightning conductors. In the morning of the August 21, 1968 he left with Jindřich Kuliš and other co-workers for the Mírové (Peace) Square (present-day Beneš Square). While he returned home to pick up his camera, Kuliš sustained gunshots in his lungs and heart, and died in the hospital shortly after. In late June 1969, Jan Bartoš was granted a visa for Yugoslavia. He eventually changed his mind about his emigration to Austria and he returned back a bit later. He actively participated in demonstrations on August 21, 1969, which resulted in a forced change of employment. Until 1989 he worked in the Funeral Services of the City of Liberec.