The Normalisation was a little like smoke descending
Tomáš Fejfar was born on May 16, 1951, in Havlíčkův Brod, but grew up in Jihlava. Both he and his brother had been declared “persons from a deranged background” by the establishment, which was why Tomáš Fejfar spent twenty years working at a textile factory in Malý Beranov. At the age of seventeen, he witnessed the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops, collected signatures for the petition to declare Czechoslovakia a neutral country, and went on a hunger strike to support Jan Palach’s demands following Palach’s self-immolation. He signed the “A Few Sentences” petition in the spring of 1989. He was elected MP for the Civic Forum in the first post-revolution free elections, and later, for the Civic Democratic Party. Since 1996, he has been the secretary of a parliamentary club.