Memory of Nation


Zdeněk F. Daneš (1920)

  Zdeněk F. Daneš (1920)
I am simply not going back

Fleeing the country in 1950

“We were on top of the Czech Forest ridge and my wife heard dogs barking. We were probably chased by the border guard so we jumped on our bicycles and sped to the Bavarian side. Fifty years later I went to see the place again and it seemed impossible to me that someone would ride a bike over this terrain, let alone a woman on a racing bike. When we arrived in Bavaria and met the first border guard, I introduced myself and explained our situation. I expected him to arrest us but he just stretched his arms wide and said, ‘Welcome in Germany’.”

  • Born in Prague in 1920
  • Attended primary and secondary schools in Bratislava
  • On November 17, 1939, he witnessed a raid by an SS unit
  • 1939–1945, taking part in the anti-nazi resistance
  • 1945, married Marie Haňková
  • Studied mathematics, physics and geophysics at Charles University Prague
  • Children Petr and Elena
  • Living in the United States since 1952
  • Working in U.S. companies, such as Gulf Oil Corporation and others
  • Published scholarly articles
  • Interest in music and culture
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