Bucket and shovel instead of a uniform
Boleslav Fiala was born on 24 December, 1929 in Moravská Huzová. In October 1950 he started the basic military service. Back then he considered the idea of becoming a professional soldier. Yet he did not have any clue that he was to join the auxiliary technical troops, namely 53. PTP in Libavá. Until now he did not figure out why that happened. One of the possible reasons could have been his faith in god, an active Sokol membership or just the fact his schoolmates were sent to prison following a construed trial and he was interrogated himself by the secret police. Within PTP he then worked first in the black coal mine called “Důl Antonína Zápotockého” and then several months in the mine Darkov in the shaft Mír. Even after the two-year „military service” Boleslav Fiala was illegally kept in PTP. The chiefs then persuaded the soldiers to sign the work contract in mines or construction based on which they get immediately released from the army. The witness feared he could lose his life so he signed into construction works. He tried to leave several times into another employment, but he got permission only after a year. Later he started in the Research and Development Institute of Woodworking in Šternberk, where he worked until retirement. In 2018 he lived with his wife Jitka in Štarnov.