The circumstances forced me, when I defended myself, I thought of nothing
Jiří Bartoš was born on 23 January 1926 in Belgrade. His father Karel was originally from Říčany near Prague. After fighting during the World War I at the Italian front, he remained in Belgrade, working in a pottery shop and marrying Julia Meťko from Daruvar. Jiří attended a Czechoslovak school where he had both Czech and Serbian teachers, and later trained to become a tile layer. Following Luftwaffe's shelling of Belgrade and the ensuing occupation of the city by the German army in April 1941, he contributed to the family budget by repairing stoves and cookers. Hanged men publicly displayed in the main city square symbolized the brutality of the occupants. Belgrade was liberated in October 1944. The city was cleansed of the Germans; the captured soldiers were given no mercy. Right after liberation, Jiří joined the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. He underwent a short training, later serving in the Srem region. He was lightly wounded during an attack on the village of Vrbani. Fo ...
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11. března Vás srdečně zveme do Národní technické knihovny na slavnostní zakončení projektu Příběhy našich sousedů v Praze 6. Školáci zde představí 12 životních příběhů pamětníků, kterým naslouchali, jejichž příběhy natočili a sami zpracovali.