The only private farmer in the region of Havlíčkův Brod
František Brož was born on January 17, 1939, and spent his childhood on a family farm in Radňov. He attended school in Květinov and an upper primary school in Lípa. When he was applying for admission to the agricultural school in Humpolec in 1953, he was not accepted because of his “bad” class background. During forced collectivization, his whole family refused to join an agricultural cooperative farm. The family were deprived of the agricultural machinery and, in total, their pieces of land were exchanged seventeen times. Nevertherless, František Brož remained the only private farmer in the Havlíčkův Brod region throughout the communist era. After 1989, he had several monuments built and memorial plaques made to commemorate communist injustice. At the time of recording his story he was living with his wife in Květinov (November 2019).