Copied samizdats and documented the Romanian revolution
Ondrej Berta was born on March 19, 1948 in a Hungarian family in Nové Zámky. After graduating from secondary technical engineering school he worked as a driver and later he worked for several years in the development company Hutný projekt. He was a passionate photographer and a member of the photo club, so he accepted employment as a photo film methodologist at the Educational Center in Nové Zámky. However, here he was not only a witness to the manifestations of normalization censorship, but was also invited to join the Communist Party. He refused, and was employed in the newly formed Research Institute of Tools.Later he became head of the department of propagation, which was also in charge of reproduction technology. In 1988 he copied Christian samizdats to a friend and filmed the Independent Alternative Art Festival Stúdió erté in Nové Zámky. At the end of 1988, the StB summoned him for interrogation, which however, was without consequences. Since the 19th November 1989 he actively participated in revolutionary events - he was a co-founder of the local Civic Forum initiative, as a representative of the VPN he attended “roundtable” negotiations with city officials, as well as exchanges of executives at the research institute. On December 24, 1989, he accompanied a humanitarian convoy from Nové Zámky to the city of Timisoara at the time of the armed conflict in Romania and as a cameraman documented events on the spot. In 1990, he was co-opted to the city council, and as secretary was later in charge of preparing the first democratic municipal elections in November 1990. After the elections, he resigned from all functions and returned to the research institute, which began to decline after the change of director. Since 1991 he has established a successful business in publishing/print. He retired in 2018.