One might think he couldn´t make difference, yet he should do all he could for things to get better
Zdeněk Zůna was born on July 8th 1928 in Hostavice near Prague (Praha). He grew up with his parents and his two brothers in Prague´s district of Smíchov. At the end of the Second World War, he was drafted to do forced labor in Silesia, from where he ran away just in time to participate in the street fights during the Prague (Praha) uprising in May 1945. After the war, he joined Youth Union (Jednota mládeže) and developed an interest in photography. He graduated from the Jan Vančura Gymnasium (Vančurovo reálné gymnázium) and started to study at the Jan Hus Czechoslovak Theological Faculty in Prague (Husova československá bohoslovecká fakulta v Praze). After becoming a minister, he had been serving in the city of Beroun and its vicinity. After Czech society had become permeated by the communist ideology, his parish diminished in numbers, leading him to quit his job and joining the Communist party. He started working at the Králův Dvůr ironworks and tried to establish a career as a photographer. He got a job at the District Education House (Okresní osvětový dům) in Beroun where he had been working as a photography and film specialist. After 1968, he didn´t pass the ‚ideological screenings‘ and had been expelled from the Communist party; he also had to leave the District Education House (Okresní osvětový dům). After quite a long time, he found a job as an assistant in a smelter shop in Karlštejn and had been working there for eighteen years till reaching the retirement age. After 1989, he helped to found the local Civic Forum (Občanské fórum) organisation in Beroun. He has been an avid photographer and held several exhibitions.