Memory of Nation


Bohuslav Vlasák (1936)

  Bohuslav Vlasák (1936)
Communists did not respect decent, honest, and hard-working people

How his resistance against the communists developed after 1948

“However, there was a certain turning point, the year 1948. Some teachers continued to educate us just as they had been doing before, some turned coats and they realized that they would not be able to continue that way for too long. And so they changed their stance as well. But this necessarily had to impact the character of those children, too. When the collectivization process then started, we were required to participate in the May Day parade. And all of us were thinking about how they were treating the people, the people who had been born on that land and who had been working there and now they were now creating obstacles for them and even punishing them for having failed to deliver the required amount of crops because they have not been given the means to do so. And each of us was thus forming some view of the situation in that time. I would say that it was the most difficult time in history, not in the entire history, because our ancestors… there was servitude, and so on. But in the modern times this marked a great turning point when they took everything away from us and they were prescribing who would work in agriculture and who would not be allowed to work there. Since I informed them that I wanted to stay on the farm and continue farming just like my father had been doing, I was criticized that I was not reading daily newspapers sufficiently. That the Soviet Union would supply us bountifully with wheat and all livelihood and that in the future our agriculture would not be needed at all.”

  • born August 30, 1936 in Kalná
  • after completing his compulsory education and the first year at the agricultural school in Vlašim he worked on his parents’ farm
  • experienced the collectivization in Kalná and persecution by communist officials
  • military service in the Auxiliary Technical Battalions in 1956–1958 in Bílina and in the Šumava Mountains
  • forced to join the agricultural cooperative after his return from the army
  • manual labour at the state-owned farm and in the Unified Agricultural Cooperative
  • retired in 1996, pursues playing the accordion as his hobby
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