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Jan Thoma was born in Plzeň on January 14, 1935. After his graduation from secondary school, he took an apprenticeship for a machine fitter at the national works Škoda Plzeň and then completed extramural studies at the School of Industrial Engineering. He furthermore completed a course at the Military Aviation School and after seven years of active military service, which took him to the Líně military airport near Plzeň, he completed post-gradual studies of metrology. With this qualification, he was able to get a job in the Škoda nuclear-engineering works in Plzeň. In 1968, being the chairman of the ROH committee of the factory, he became actively involved in the revival process. He was also a delegate to the Congress of the metalworkers. For his activities, including the spreading of anti-party leaflets and literature, he was incarcerated for a year in 1970. His trial became the third major political trial in the period of the normalization. After having served his term, he worked in ...
The reason for his imprisonment
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02/07/2014, Tisková zpráva
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