I used to hide my hair under my shirt
Petr Švestka was born on November 15, 1959, in Jablonec nad Nisou. He spent his childhood with his grandparents in a secluded cottage in a forest and saw his parents only at weekends. After primary school he went to the secondary chemical school in Ústí nad Labem. Very soon he befriended the local hippies and he strongly identified with this group both in opinions on culture and politics. He used to come to Řepčice where he met the members of the dissent and underground. He signed Charter 77 in 1979 and a few months later he was sentenced in a show trial for illegal keeping and organised distribution of drugs. He was sentenced for twenty months which he spent in the Bělušice labour camp. On release he moved to Prague. Among other things he helped Jindřich Tomeš to flee across the border. In 1986, as a part of the “Asanace” campaign he was forced to move to Austria, where he has lived ever since. He was awarded for his participation on the third resistance and currently makes his living by doing graphics for advertising industry.