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Miroslav Střída was born on 1 March 1936 in Ústín in the Haná region. The family owned the largest farm with 24 hectares of arable land. The family was steadfastly refusing to join a cooperative farm (JZD) during the collectivization process. In 1955, their farm was confiscated and the family evicted from their house. Witness´s father was regularly attending meetings in the café in the National House, where people led by Dr. Ing. Ladislav Kameníček were planning to establish an illegal agricultural party. This party was to become involved in politics after the fall of the communist regime. However, its members were arrested by State Security, and in May 1960 they were sentenced to many years of imprisonment in the trial with Dr. Ing. Ladislav Kameníček and associates. Miroslav Střída Sr. was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment, but he died after two years in prison due to untreated blood vessel disease. His son Miroslav Střída Jr. also faced problems due to his class background. He did not have a chance to study any school, and he was initially fired from several jobs. After the fall of the communist regime the family farm was returned to him in the restitution process, but the cooperative farm completely devastated the farm during the many years they had been using it, and up to this day the witness has been gradually repairing it. At the time of recording Miroslav Střída Jr. was still living in Ústín.