Live and let live
Vojtech Budický was born on February 9, 1931 in Hranovnica near Poprad, in a family of higher postal officer. Shortly before completing his grammar school studies in Levoča, at the end of January 1949, he was arrested and after egregious violent interrogations he was sentenced for high treason. According to the reports he was supposed to commit this crime by his membership and activities in the so-called “illegal” and “anti-state” organization, which strived for renewal of the Slovak State. Since he was too young when being charged with this alleged offence, he received only a half of the usual punishment - three years of imprisonment. Therefore he served his sentence mainly in Trenčín correctional institution for young, from where he was released on parole thanks to good behaviour after one and a half year. After the release he studied to become a dental technician and he learned how to work with gold. In a short time, however, as a former political prisoner, he had to enlist in the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP), where he helped to built military quarters in bohemian Stříbro. When the surroundings found out about his precious skills, his successful, but also mentally difficult, career had began. His work was comprised of producing golden teeth for various communist officers. Vojtech worked precisely at the National Health Institute in Poprad. For the first time he left this work place because of a fabricated accusation of sabotage and the subsequent arrest. Further decade of his life he worked as a delegationsˈ driver in Chemosvit. After a car accident caused by the other party, he returned to his previous workplace in Poprad. Since he wasn´t able to do his job to his best knowledge and belief, he decided to become a workman in Svit, where he stayed until leaving to pension in 1997. Nowadays he lives in Poprad with his wife, he acts apolitically and tries not to think about sorrows of his past.