I refused to join the party
Rudolf Baumruk was born on 16 January 1927 in Merklín into a peasant family that owned a small farm. At the end of the World War II, in early 1945, he was sent to forced labour in Olomouc and then to Smilov, mainly to make anti-tank trenches. Together with other trench soldiers, he was put on a military train as a hostage in May 1945 without being given any reason. The crew of the train was liberated after arriving in Prague. Rudolf became involved in the Prague Uprising, helping to build barricades. In 1948, he first began a five-month military service in Jičín, after which he was allowed to return home due to work on the farm. However, as the only worker to help his mother on the farm, he had to re-enlist so that the communists could more easily make his mother enter a cooperative farm (JZD). In 1951, Rudolf was selected within the „77,000 people to manufacturing“ campaign, when people from administration jobs had to enter industry or agriculture. He became a worker in an insemination station. In 1956, he started working as a warehouseman at the Týnec Mine and got married. He and his wife moved to Nýřany. From 1965 he worked at Tesla company, then at the wood yard in Nýřany and then again at Tesla. He refused to join the Communist Party, he did not approve of the entry of Warsaw Pact troops. He believes that the Communist Party should have been abolished. He considers the Velvet Revolution to have been staged by the communists.