A family mirror shattered into a thousand pieces
Josef Dostál was born on April 15th 1947 in Třebíč; he had completed both his elementary and secondary schooling in Jihlava. At the age of nineteen, he met Karla Mizlerová, Evžen Plocek´s niece, who he had married on October 14th 1967. After that, as a member of the family, he had the opportunity to meet Evžen Plocek in person. Since that, families would meet often and visit each other frequently. After finishing the secondary technical school, Josef Dostál started to work at the District Industrial Enterprise in Jihlava and since October 1st 1968 he had been working at the Motorpal Enterprise in Jihlava as a material dispatcher. Being a relative, he attended Evžen Plocek funeral on April 12th 1969, after Plocek´s self-immolation in Jihlava´s Peace Square (Náměstí Míru, today Masaryk Square) on April 4th 1969. Since 1971, he had been working at the railroad as a steam train fireman, later he was an electric engine driver. At work, he had been offered to join the Communist Party to which he agreed after some time. Since 1992, he had been working as a sales representative for a German company selling plastic windows. In past, he gave interviews for books and documentaries on the passing of Evžen Plocek. Nowadays, he has been living in jihlava.