At night, we saw the lights of the fire. There are not that many stars on the sky as there were lights during the fight for Hrabyně.
Josef Exner was born on the 5th of November in 1931 in Hrabyně in the Opava area. He witnessed the liberation fights for Hrabyně which was one of the hardest battles of the Ostrava-Opava Operation. He spent seven days in the cellars with his family and siblings. The house where he was born was utterly destroyed. After the war, he became a member of the renewed Sokol organisation. During the 1950’s, he was a frequent guest in the Hrabyne House of politician, scientist and teacher Karel Englis who lived there in forced inner exile. After having served in the army, he worked in Foundry Engineering Co. in Ostrava. From 1968 on, he drove a bus for ČSAD [Czechoslovak Automobile Transports]. As a driver, he would drive organised tours even to the West, when he drove a truck, he got as far as Siberia. At the time of recording the interview, he lived in Darkovice in the Opava area.