I believed the slogan “socialism with human face” maybe due to naivety, maybe because I’ve grown up in the regime
Jan Bencik was born on July 29, 1948 in Bratislava. He spent early childhood in village Mostova next to Galanta. Family later moved to Velky Lon and Filakovo. He attended highschool in Modry Kamen and graduated in 1966. Then, he studied biology and geography in Bratislava. The invasion of The Warsaw Pact Army found him in his home village Filakovo. After that, he briefly continued with his studies, but in the next year he withdrew from the studies. He enrolled in the compulsory military service in Trebon. He worked in Montazny podnik spojov in Bratislava. In 1975, he married and moved with his young family to Ruzomberok. During november 1989 he started to become active politically active. On November 27, 1989 he co founded VPN in Rozumberok. At the beginning of 1990 he edited a local magazine Ruzombersky hlas. Currently, he lives in Ruzomberok.