He was 13 when, in August 1968, he made the Soviet occupier cry
Milan Bouška was born on 10 May 1955 in Ústí nad Labem, where after finishing primary school he started his apprenticeship as a medical equipment repairer at Strojobal company. According to the witness, almost all the children in the class were children whose parents had problems with the regime. During high school, Milan grew his hair long and sought out the community of so-called “máničky” who disagreed with the communist regime. After graduation, Milan Bouška joined the Chirana company, where he repaired medical equipment. During the compulsory military service in České Budějovice, he experienced intervention against a helicopter carrying West German people smugglers, who transported East Germans. As part of the underground movement, he attended private concerts and theatre performances in Ústí nad Labem and its surroundings. He was a member of a photo club and took photographs at events, for which he was summoned for police interrogations. On the day Jan Palach burned himself to death in 1969, Milan Bouška was coincidentally also on Wenceslas Square. In 1989, he took part in the demonstrations in Prague on 28 October. The Velvet Revolution took him by surprise, and in the early 1990s he started a business in the repair and maintenance of medical equipment. In May 2022, he was living in Ústí nad Labem.