The communists wanted to evict them from the village, but a neighbour saved them
Jan Janata was born on 28 September 1936 in Kruh near Jilemnice. His family had been running a farm there since the 18th century. During the Protectorate, the farm was checked because of grain, and one of the inspections nearly discovered the hidden stocks, which could be punished by death. During the World War II, the Nazis imprisoned the witness´s uncle Josef Václavík, who was active in the Sokol organization in Vrchlabí. The uncle was later imprisoned by the communist regime for almost ten years as a class enemy. The authorities also labelled the witness‘s father a kulak in 1953 and local party officials planned to evict the family from Kruh. The Janatas were saved by a neighbour, Božena Pacholíková, who refused to sign the eviction letter. Jan Janata completed an agricultural apprenticeship in Jánská near Česká Kamenice and then joined the cooperative farm in Kruh as a section foreman. Later he left the cooperative farm and worked as a coachman at Sychrov Castle. In 1962, he married Marie Blažková, whose father refused to join a cooperative farm and was arrested by the communists. They had a son Pavel and a daughter Mirka. After the Velvet Revolution, both spouses got back their family land and farms, they decided to merge them and started farming on them. In 2022, the witness was living in Kruh.