I promised to my dad that I would not be active in politics nor religion in my life, and I have kept my promise
Vladimír Linhart was born in 1924. He has lived in Malšovice in Hradec Králové since he was a little boy. After completion of the higher elementary school he learnt the production of cement products. When he was eighteen he was sent as conscripted labour to German Hirschfelde near Zittau to do construction concrete works. While there, he allegedly accidentally encountered Adolf Hitler in a pub. After the end of WWII he returned home, but this also meant having to part with his Ukrainian girlfriend who was not allowed to travel with him. After completing his military service he worked in a stonemason‘s shop in Prague for three years. When his father died, however, he had to return to Hradec Králové in order to work in the family company which specialized in cement production. After the rise of communists to power, the family company was appropriated by the state and Vladimír Linhart had to begin working for the municipal services company. Later he also worked in the companies ČKD and Tesla. He retired in 1984, but as self-employed he continued working in his field for many years after. During his life, he met seven Czechoslovak and Czech presidents, and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk even symbolically became his godfather.