It was a mimeography machine for children, purchased at the Prague Exhibition Grounds
René Dlouhý was born February 6, 1934 in Prague-Vršovice. Soon after his birth, René’s parents separated, and he lived in very poor conditions with his mother and stepbrother. During the war his father convinced René’s mother to place the boy into his custody. When he was ten years old, René moved in with his father’s sister in Nové Město nad Metují. After the communist takeover of power, his uncle had to let go of his small grocery shop which he had set up. Due to his family background, René was not allowed to study at secondary school. All these experiences, together with the family’s National Socialist Party background, had a deep impact on the fourteen-year-old boy. Together with other friends who felt the same way, he purchased a mimeograph machine and began printing pamphlets calling people to resist the new political regime. They learned to handle weapons, and they tried to obtain some information about possibly crossing the state border. However, one of his friends informed the authorities, and René was put under the surveillance of the Secret Police. He was arrested in 1952, and sentenced for associating against the state. Due to the mitigating circumstances, (he was a minor, he came from a working class family, and he was not armed), René was given a six-month sentence. The StB however continued to monitor his activities untill 1986. In the 1990s he became a member of the Confederation of Political Prisoners. He considers it his moral duty to publicize communist crimes.