There will always be people who want to manipulate us
Zdeněk Buk was born on 21 June 1960 in Louny. At the age of 13, he was expelled from the Pioneers - apparently, his conduct was less than exemplary. When he was 18, he was baptised and he signed Charter 77. This led to several interrogations and minor persecution. He and his friends rented an old parish house in Robeč near Štětí, where Zdeněk lived in a community for one year. In 1979 he found employment as a stonemason in Prague-Smíchov and attended private prayer services led by František Hochman. He was unable to acquire official accommodation in Prague, and so he lived illegally in a squatter flat for several years. In May 1989 he emigrated to Austria. He returned a year later and became an entrepreneur.