Back then, human life had no value
Ondřej Klement was born October 4th, 1924 in Dlouhá Ves near Havlíčkův Brod. His family was one of the poorest in the village - together with another family and a couple of elderly people they lived in a local poorhouse. His father Ondřej was a Czech, his mother Kateřina a German. When he was eighteen, he had to join the wehrmacht. He went through a military training in Poland and later fought in several places in Europe. The last battle scene where he fought before he was captured was Monte Cassino. There he was taken prisoner by the American army, later passed on to the French and imprisoned in POW camps in the French north Africa, which is the territory of the present-day Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. He worked there, among other, as a fruit-picker and a railway worker. He returned home to Czechoslovakia as late as 1947.