To look at the stars at night, to overcome one’s own fears
Ladislav Dušek was born June 14, 1943 in Prague. He lived with his parents and two older brothers in very modest conditions. His father František worked as a roof tiler, mother Anna was a housewife. The family moved to the borderlands after the war – first to Vroutek near Podbořany, then near Ervěnice and finally back to Prague after Ladislav’s father had died in 1954. While working at the mail rail, Ladislav graduated in acting at a conservatory. He witnessed the events of August 21, 1968 in Prague and joined the peaceful resistance against the invaders. One year later he experienced the peaceful demonstration at Wenceslas Square on the occasion of a one-year anniversary of the Warsaw Pact Invasion and he saw the brutal intervention of the armed forces against protesters. He married Hana Marešová in 1969 and their first daughter was born one year later. He started working at the Municipal Theatre in Most in 1969. In 1989 he signed the ‘Několik vět’ petition and moved to Liberec with his family the same year. There, during the revolutionary November days, he joined a strike in the F. X. Šalda Theatre. They organized discussions with guests who informed them about the latest developments in Prague, and they also informed workers in factories about the events. For ten days they slept in the theatre and resisted the psychological pressure of the Public Security. After the revolution, Ladislav Dušek entered local politics and continued to act in the theatre in Liberec.