“I would hand the radio transmitter to the paratroopers over the fence and because the police used the toilet in our yard I always had to switch a machine or other on in the workshop in order to make some noise.”
Jan Fiala was born on 22nd September 1924 in Myslibořice. He trained as a wheelwright. During the war he actively participated in the local Anti-Nazi resistance movement. He was messenger to Moravské Budějovice and was responsible for hiding weapons. Jan Fiala came into direct contact with four members of the paratrooper unit SPELTER from England several weeks after they landed near Kramolín during the night between the 4th and 5th May1944 and began to operate in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Together with his father he concealed the paratroopers’ radio transmitters and weapons and assisted them with broadcasting to London. After the resistance network was discovered in July 1944, Jan Fiala was arrested and shortly interrogated by the Gestapo. In August 1944 he resorted to live illegaly in the Sudetenland where he stayed in hiding until the end of the war. After the war he was conscripted for military service and on returning from the army in 1948 began work in a knitting-machine factory where he worked for the next 35 years.