The Communists took my home
Miroslav Vítek was born on October 7, 1943 in Vlkoš near Kyjov. His father was a miller. His uncle Zdeněk Vítek was a medic at a RAF unit stationed in England during WWII. Following February 1948 the Communists took over the family mill, distillery and other agricultural buildings. The family home received additional tenants and the local JZD (collectivized agricultural coop) took over several rooms for offices. Miroslav Vítek witnessed repeating visits by the StB (State Security). His father was shortly jailed in Uherské Hradiště, and, later, worked in a stone quarry. The family was forced out of Vlkoš. The mill building dating to the latter part of the 19th century was torn down. The Vítek family villa gutted and remodeled into a kindergarten. After 1989 the Víteks, received partial compensation for the confiscated property.