All my life I kept getting into touch positions, but I met some people who were willing to lose something for me, who were willing to help.
Jiří Čejka was born in Roudnice nad Labem on September 2, 1929. He was interested in politics in his youth; he was a National Socialist Youth Movement member. Having graduated from Roudnice Grammar School he started his studies at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Prague. In 1948 he and his peers decided to draw the attention of public to real principles of the Communist regime. The group wrote and distributed leaflets criticizing the regime. However, a part of the group were arrested in 1950 and the District Court sent Čejka to the soft-coal mine Koh-i-noor at Mariánské Račice in Most area. After working off his sentence and returning to civilian life, life he worked in the chemical industry. As a student he managed to graduate from ICT in 1961. At that time he started working on his life subject-matter which is research into Crystal Chemistry plus minerals and Crystalline Salts of Uranium ore. He took his chance in the ‘60s when the regime loosened and just before Normalization he managed to defend his CSc. degree in 1970. (He got his RNDr. degree in 1994). In 1972 he started working in the Mineralogy Department of the National Museum. In 1991 he became the director of Biology Department of the National Museum where he worked till he retired in 2001. He has been working in the scientific field up to the present day. Jiří Čejka has always been a proud member of the Scout movement. After the revival of Scouting he worked as a speaker of Scouts till 1993. He was also a Scout central councilor. He is one of the founding members of Valen Fanderlík group which is formed by former political prisoners.