I said to the policeman: I have a gun. My parents had bought me a toy cap gun
Milan Ševčík was born on March 2, 1936 in Pustkovec in the Ostrava region. His father Emil (b. 1909) worked as an official in the consumer cooperative Budoucnost („Future“) and later as a shop manager, and his mother Vlasta (b. 1909), who was a seamstress by trade, was a housewife. After the German occupation, the family had to move to Stará Bělá which was located in the Protectorate territory. At the end of 1939, twins Vlasta and Věra were born to the Ševčík family. Milan began attending school in Stará Bělá in 1942. His father was involved in the resistance movement and little Milan was, unknowingly, contributing to the cause as well by smuggling secret messages for the partisans. The Ševčík family moved to Třebovice after the war, where Milan‘s father got a job in the Budoucnost cooperative. Milan started studying the 1st grade of the lower-stage grammar school in Svinov, but after the school reform in 1948 he had to go back to a higher elementary school. After completing the higher elementary he studied at a secondary school and then at the Pedagogical School for Higher Elementary School Teachers in Ostrava. After his return from the military service he taught at the school in Třebovice, he was a secretary of the district council of the Czechoslovak Youth Union and in 1959-1972 he worked in the Czech Radio Ostrava in the Regional Children‘s Broadcast. After one year of work in the coal mine Šverma he subsequently worked as a teacher in special schools in Hrabůvka, Zábřeh, Moravská Ostrava and in Vítkovice. Milan was contributing to many regional newspapers and books, writing articles especially on the history and present of the Ostrava region. He retired in 1997.