My father has never recovered from prison
Karel Hoder was born October 9, 1927 in Letovice. Parents worked in manual workers‘ professions, the mother in a ceramic workshop, and father was a trader. The waiter belonged to life-long scouts, and three times was involved in the organisation´s renewal. In Litovel he apprenticed as a trader and went to work at the U Rotto ironmongery in Prague. In 1948 the shop was nationalized, the owner fled from the communists in Norway and the witness was forced by the communists to produce propagandist bulletin boards for them. He refused and returned to his native village of Letovice. After 1959, the communists began to search for small businessmen, blame them for embezzlement and locked them up in jail. There were huge trials in Letovice, the witness´father was accused of embezzling money and was sent to prison. Since then the whole family has been monitored by the communist party (KSČ). The mother could not get a job, and had to go to work in the nationalized RaJ dining room as a cook. The children signed themselves up to grammar schools, but they did not take them because of a poor cadre profile. Karel Hoder agreed a job at Letostroj, but the communists rejected it and had to settle for work in the industry, where he worked until retirement. After the velvet revolution he opened a small commodity store and devoted himself to his lifelong hobby - collecting old film posters. Today he lives in Letovice.