Thanks to being member of the Communist Party, I had more freedom at work than the others
Anton Blaha was born into a Catholic peasant’s family on April 22, 1934 in Čadca. He studied at the Salesian secondary school in Žilina, the secondary school in Čadca, and the Faculty of Law at Comenius University in Bratislava from 1953 to 1959. In 1956 he co-organized the “pyjama revolution” at the university dormitory on Suvorova Street in Bratislava. The “pyjama revolution” was aimed against stricter conditions of compulsory military service for university students. As a result, he was expelled from the university for one year. During that year he had to work in Dunajplavba, a company providing cruises and other services on the Danube River. Later he was able to complete his studies, and he worked as an attorney at the Regional Bar Association. In 1960 he joined the Communist Party. From 1970 to 1972 he worked as the head of the Bratislava City Hall’s Office. Later, from 1972 to 1986, he was the head of the Government Office of the Slovak Socialist Republic and the secretary and the deputy chairman. From 1986 he was practising law again, and after the Velvet Revolution he founded his own firm. Currently he lives in Bratislava, and in his free time he publishes memoirs and books on non-fiction.