The most important thing in life is the spiritual environment
Břetislav Baran was born on October 31, 1928 in Blatec in Olomouc region. The family had a small farm, the father worked on the railroad. He is the witness of the Nazi occupation and also the circumstances of the murder of fourteen men from Kožušany just before the liberation in May 1945. Břetislav graduated from the Business Academy in Olomouc. He attended the demonstration funeral of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Masaryk in March 1948. During the military service, Břetislav was classified as politically unreliable. Around 1951, he was blackmailed by the State Security for a letter from 1948, in which he questioned the suicide of Jan Masaryk. He worked as an accountant and workman in the Olomouc Machine Tool Factory. He was employed by Sigma Olomouc since the mid-1960s. In the spring of 1968 he co-founded the municipal organization of the Czechoslovak People’s Party in Olomouc. He was its executive, chairman and in the seventies and eighties a representative in the National Front. Through the People’s Party, he organized tours of sacral monuments and places of pilgrimage in Olomouc and other cities. From December 1989 to November 1990 he was the chairman of the National Committee in Olomouc. For the next twenty years he worked in the economic department of the Olomouc diocese.