Only those faithful received bonuses – just like it is today
Milan Kroupa was born on July 13, 1932 in Prague. In 1944 he became a Boy Scout in the Junák organization which had been banned by the Nazis and he remained its active member until the subsequent ban on Junák by the communist regime. In 1947 Milan began studying at the Czechoslovak Trade Academy of Dr. Edvard Beneš and he joined a student anti-state group at this school. He was arrested for this activity in 1949, interrogated and sentenced to six months of imprisonment. He spent four months in detention pending trial in the „No.4 “ department in Bartolomějská Street and then two months in the department for juvenile delinquents in the Pankrác prison. After his release he was no longer able to complete his studies and he had difficulties finding a job. In 1952 he was drafted to the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP), where he served for two and a half years. Since his return from the military service until 1983 he was working for the company Coal Depot where he was delivering coal all over Prague. Then he was receiving disability allowance for eight years and from 1989 until 1992 he worked for the company Reconstruction of Historic Monuments.