They ruined a whole generation of the nation
Dan Vu was born on 25 May 1957 in Hanoi, North Vietnam, under Communist rule. He belongs to the generation afflicted by the Vietnam War. He spent seven years without his parents, evacuated to the Vietnam countryside to be more protected from air strikes. He returned to Hanoi at the end of 1972, one day after the so-called Christmas bombing, when the American air force hurled thousands of bombs on the city. For the first time, he himself witnessed the suffering that war brings to people. After the war the Democratic Republic of Vietnam made an agreement with Czechoslovakia to accept several thousand Vietnamese citizens for the purpose of gaining professional experience. Dan Vu was one of those to go to Czechoslovakia in 1975. He trained as an electrician in Slovakia and was subsequently made manager of the newly arriving groups of Vietnamese, helping the new apprentices to better adapt to Czechoslovakia. He was later given charge of several groups of Vietnamese workers. One of his jobs was at the national enterprise Landworks Olomouc, where he managed some eight hundred men and women. In 1990 he started his own business. At first he imported various Vietnamese goods to Czechoslovakia (later the Czech Republic), later he started his own brand of shoes and finally began selling Czech products in Vietnam and other Asian countries.