Freedom is the most precious thing there is
Jiří Fajmon was born on 21 April 1964 in Trmice near Ústí nad Labem, where he lived for twenty years. In the 1980s he moved to Liberec and then to the nearby village of Jeřmanice. He worked as an engine driver at Czech Railways and listened to the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and the BBC from his early youth; he distributed anti-regime pamphlets and samizdat literature, he secretly smuggled books into Poland and brought illegal magazines back home from Poland, he took part in demonstrations and also organised them. In the 1980s he was repeatedly interrogated and imprisoned for political reasons. In 1988 he signed Charter 77; he was in regular touch with the Chartists. He became a member of the Movement for Civic Freedom in Liberec District. In 2016 he received a memorial decree and Medal of Resistance Against Communism from Defence Minister Martin Stropnický. As of 2017, he lives in Kryštofovo Údolí, where he manages a guest house and serves as a deputy in the village council.