Fourteen imprisoned comprehensive students
Jiří Boháč was born on 8 January 1932 in the village of Klokočov in the Iron Mountains. His parents moved to Malče after three and a half years and he studied for four years at elementary school there and he was then admitted to study at eight-year real grammar school in Chotěboř. Jiří and his schoolmates did not agree with established regime of the Communist party after the February putsch in 1948. They wrote an anti-regime text which they copied and at the beginning of November 1948 took also to neighbouring districts. The students were apprehended for the activity several days later and they were taken to the District Court building in Chotěboř. They were imprisoned there until a court proceeding on 17 February 1949. At last the students got away with suspended sentences also considering their young age. However, all of them were expelled from the grammar school and were prohibited to study at all schools in Czechoslovakia. Jiří Boháč and other convicts had hard times looking for work. Since March 1949, the witness worked in a machine tractor station in Malče first as an auxiliary worker and later as a tractor driver. He became an operational accountant in November 1951. He joined the Auxiliary technical battalions. He returned from military service in December 1954 and he arranged extramural studies at the grammar school in Chotěboř (at an eleven-year secondary school). He was allowed to study after the Ministry of Education invalidated a court order to expel students from their studies. He passed the secondary-school leaving exams in Spring 1955 and he was admitted to study at Czech Technical University in Poděbrady. He met his future wife there and he switched to extramural studies. He was employed in Kolín TESLA company since 1958 where he worked in production and then in construction (department). In 1969 he won an open competition for the position of head of the electrical centre of Civil Engineering company in Prague. He got retired in 1990 and shortly after that he was rehabilitated by court. He was a member of the Czech Numismatic Society from 1985 to 1993. He has worked as an expert witness in the field of numismatics since 1987. He wrote several specialized publications about numismatics. He is the author of the book “Verše z Podoubraví” (“Poems from the area of Podoubraví”) and besides he has painted more than 170 paintings. He was living in Prague at the time of filming (2021).