I did not regret anything; maybe the fact that I would not graduate
Miloš Rataj was born on 13 July 1939 in Prague but he grew up in Slovakia in the White Carpathians promontory. As a child, he was a member of the Modrý kříž (Blue Cross) organisation active as part of the Lutheran Church. He led an active religious life as a college student and was arrested and imprisoned on New Year‘s Eve in 1958. He was sentenced the next year and as a result he was dismissed from his veterinary studies. He served his sentence in Příbram in the Vojna camp, working as a member of a construction team. He was released under the amnesty of 1960. He worked in the construction industry until retirement; he was seconded to Cuba for five years as a site manager. On returning from Cuba he moved to Nová Paka where he still lives.