Postbellum

Memory of Nation

 

Jiří Štěpánovský (1961)

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 Jiří  Štěpánovský (1961)
You couldn’t just speak out about things back then

Confiscation of the farm

“I know this from my granddad’s telling: ‘I came to the field, there were two or three gentlemen standing there in coats, and they said they were confiscating the place.’ Granddad said: ‘I pulled out my whip from the cart, to threaten them. He put his hand in his pocket, pulled out a pistol, and there was nothing I could do but to submit to them.’ They took the cattle, the horses, the machinery, nothing was left.”

  • born 28 March 1961 in Mělník
  • 1975-1979, attended a secondary school of agriculture in Blatná
  • 1979-1981, compulsory military service with the inner guard
  • 1981, employed at Byšice Agricultural Cooperative
  • 1985, married, moved to Mečeříž Agricultural Cooperative
  • 1989, decided to revive the family farming tradition
  • 1992, the family began tending to their own farm again
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