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Jaroslav Režný (1935) - Biography


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A provocateur got among us, he was called the Jackal

Jaroslav Režný was born in Borovo, a small town in the former Yugoslavia, on 16 March 1935. His father, a Baťa representative, met Jaroslav's mother Milica Borić there. Soon after Jaroslav's birth, they moved to Zlín where his sister Danuše was born. They lived in the Netherlands briefly around 1938 and returned home after the occupation of the Sudeten. His father was demoted at work after 1948. Jaroslav became a boy scout in 1947 and was still active after the 1950 ban on the boy scouts. He and friends Josef Švéda, Josef Nečas, Ladislav Neckář and Milan Slováček formed their own group and continued meeting under the leadership of Milan Mendřec. Due to a provocation on the part of František Dymák, a post-war boy scout who was a few years older, they became the target of Zlín's StB in the early 1950s. They joined a mountain climbing club a year later. Jaroslav obtained vocational education as a turner and fitter and served in the military in 1955-1957, then worked at Konstrukce obuvnických strojů (Shoemaking Machinery Engineering). He took distance courses, graduated from a high school of technology, and started studying at the Brno University of Technology in 1960. He did not graduate due to bad health. He spent a major part of his productive age until retirement as the chief designer at Barum Otrokovice.

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