Freedom above all!
Břetislav Loubal was born in Tišnov on June 26, 1931. Already when he was a young boy, he was interested in Sokol, Scouting and theatre. His great passion was flying. He was active in an aero club and after 1945 he established the resistance group „Jan“ together with some of its members. They were printing and disseminating pamphlets with anti-communist texts. Břetislav was arrested by the State Security Police in 1950 shortly before his graduation from grammar school. They led him away straight from the classroom and he was put to the prison in Cejl in Brno. Břetislav was sentenced to one year of imprisonment for anti-state activity and high treason. When he was about to be released, the authorities extended his sentence by one more year without any court trial. He served most of his sentence working in the mine in Oslavany. After his release he spent nearly three more years doing the military service in the Auxiliary Technical Battalions. Again, he was working in the mines, this time in the Ostrava region. His stance toward the communist regime negatively impacted the options for study for his son. In 2015, the defence minister Martin Stropnický awarded Břetislav Loubal for his involvement in the resistance movement and his resistance against the communist regime.