I got involved in the political resistance movement before 1989. The other way was hardly possible, what you were going through in your family
Ing. Jaroslav Cuhra younger was born in Prague in 1936. His father, Ing. arch. Jaroslav Cuhra, (1904-1974) was a Czech famous person. He was an architect, he took part in the anti-Nazi resistance movement in a resistance organization ÚVOD. He became a member of the Czechoslovak People’s Party during the era of the Third Republic, he was a representative of the Provincial People’s Committee and the Chief of the Presidium in the Ministry of Technology. In 1948 he was arrested and imprisoned by the Communist regime in 1948-1960. Having been granted amnesty and being released in 1960 he was re-arrested in 1961. He was sentenced for an alleged founding of an illegal Christian Democratic Party. He was not released till 1966. He got involved in the organization K 231 in the period of the Prague Spring. Ing. Jaroslav Chura younger got trained as a bricklayer. Later on he graduated from the Secondary School of Civil Engineering in Plzeň and ČVUT (Czech Technical University in Prauge). His profession are calculations of engineering structures. In 1968 he co-founded the so called ‘young populists’, which was an attempt to reform the Czechoslovak People’s Party. He was a dissenter, he signed the Charter 77 and some other petitions such as ‘Několik vět’ petition. He was being investigated by the State Security on regular basis. After 1989 he became politically engaged in KDU-ČSL (Christian and Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People’s Party). He became a representative of the Federal Assembly of ČSFR (the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic). He worked as the Chief of the Presidium in the Ministry of Defence for about three years. At present he is the chairman of the branch of Political Prisoners Confederacy in Plzeň. He wrote a book on his father called Svědomí paměti (Conscience of Memory).