I was a war child. I can still see Pilsen smouldering and Allied planes on the horizon
Jiří Dubský was born on 23 August 1941 in Pilsen. His father František Dubský worked as a sports editor until 1948. In 1948 he had to leave this post because he refused to join the Communist Party. His mother, Marie Dubská, was responsible for the running of the household. During the war, as a child, he eye-witnessed the Allied air raids on Pilsen. After finishing primary school, Jiří Dubský entered a secondary technical school. As he enjoyed his studies and was encouraged to study hard by his family, he graduated with honours. Later he was assigned to the newly established secret plant Atom. Here he worked until his starting military service in 1960. He spent the it first in Prague, then in a secret training centre in Litoměřice. Even as an adult, he kept being active in sports, especially water polo. In the 1960s Jiří Dubský travelled to the West several times as a participant in international tournaments. After his basic military service, he settled in his native Pilsen, where he was living at the time of the recording in 2022.