The basement was the only place where I was able to live a life in truth
Martin Hassa was born January 17, 1968 into a family of workers in Prostějov. They first lived in Doloplazy and then in Chropyně where his father worked in the Technoplast factory. Martin had had several worker professions after graduating from high school. He started to spread the samizdat literature via dissidents in Kojetín and also collected signatures for petitions for the release of political prisoners and for the freedom of religion. He signed the Charter 77 when he was eighteen. He was a member of the Society of Friends of the USA and the Independent Peace Society. He was regularly interrogated and detained by the State Security. In 1989 he was convicted of distribution of samizdat and the ‘Několik vět’ petition. He actively joined the activities of the Civic Forum in Kroměříž during the Velvet Revolution and later worked as a manager of the local Civic Democratic Party. He lives in Kroměříž and works in the construction business.