Oldřich Filipík

* 1962  

  • “How did you feel after the division of the republic? Now. Oh, I know that. I still have this topic. I have great suspicion, soon… Once again. Now I sneezed so that the record was in order. I have asthma you know, so I got such a small asthma attack, wait. It's fine, it is finished, so ... How did you feel about the division of the republic? Like this. I will mix my personal and then such, such historical opinions. The personalities are probably such that when the SNS started running this one with flags on the squares, then my father was startled. Like ... because it looked all sorts of things. We weren't used to it, so I reassured my father that they had seven percent, that they were ... that it just wasn't. Because there was already such rhetoric, such not very pleasant, today it is already openly fascist. I'm not saying about the SNS, but we also have parties like that. But then it sounded all sorts of things, and I reassured him that it was seven percent or how much, that there are more such seven percentages, because it is simply like this, in society. And then I asked him if anyone in Slovakia had ever told him that he was, that he was Czech, and that he had made him feel like that in the negative sense of the word. And then he told me interestingly, not that he had never been in Slovakia attacked like this, that they had made him feel more in Prague that he was Moravian. It surprised me. And as for my personal relationship to the division, it's probably that I wasn't, well, some Slovak, but I wasn't such a Czechoslovakist at any cost. Because I understood it to be that there are endless accusations and conjectures and I don't know ... who pays for whom, that I immediately wanted a division. Let it end. Let it show, let the cards be dealt, because I was already tired of it. From that, from that ... So you didn't get any clarity from me, so avoided answering. "

  • "And ... and I thought about it tonight ... that if it's true, it'll start. This will get people ready. Already, but the Berlin Wall had already fallen, it was all sorts of that. Everything was falling apart there, even in Poland. But they stayed with us. So I'm thinking it's about to start. And in such a way, enough ... it wasn't on my part ... how to say it politely, towards my lady, that I might have wanted a blessing, so she didn't even know. She could just take note that I would attend, and that I would do it for the sake of the children, just to keep my kids from blaming me for ever crawling under the bed. And so... But you know, and it was at that time, when you decided at that time that you would be active, to become active, so it was still quite dangerous right... Well, I was actually a year… two years after college, of which a year in the war and a year I was ... I started working at the design institute of transport constructions in Pudos. It was a modern communist enterprise. You know, exactly where these PCs were, it was a complete rarity. And not everyone there had a PC. There was one PC in each department, we had two, and since I understood that, I ran it there. And ... my eye is a little teary ... and now. I am after cataract surgery and. I hope you succeed. Yes, yes, yes, and… So we can turn off the camera. No, I just don't want that… So close your eyes and talk. Well ... and in that PUDOS we were such a pretty young group and quite a lot of classmates from college. We already knew each other as friends, but even those colleagues whom we did not know before were generally young. And, but then I went to Agrokonzus. It was a project institute of agricultural buildings or something like that and I worked there at a computing center. I did it for the money. And I was caught there this November 17th, but I still had a great relationship to that Pudos, so ... and what it was like. Well, on Monday, when I came to work, we were going to revolutionize, so no one, everyone was there ... some didn't even really know. Wait on Monday, when we can identify it, it was which date. You are… Well, I think Friday the seventeenth was Friday, so I need to check if I'm speaking well. I think so. The eighteenth Saturday, the nineteenth Sunday, but the twentieth. It is said that something has already happened in Bratislava, but out of my horizon. Maybe those students and actors have already done something, but basically, as an ordinary person, I haven't gotten it yet. But it really started on Tuesday. On Tuesday it started in Bratislava as well, but in Prague it started early and basically we did it by printing the leaflets to that student, from that ... probably it was mostly from the art school at the beginning. ”

  • "Well, I'm going back then… My father is from Přerov, I spent a lot of time there as a child. In Přerov there on the lake, on that ... on the bigger one. So these are great memories and… How did they get together with mom? That's what I said, in that court. Hey, I'm sorry in court, yes. You forgot, of course. They met in that court. And my mom was pretty cool, it seems. And she had me when she was young, like ... probably at eighteen, I don't have a quick count now. And, I mean, when I was about ten, I don't know what I was playing. I crawled under the couch or what it was, a kind of sofa, I don't know exactly, but it had the bottom. The couch probably sounds great, well. It was the wooden one, it was just there ... it was some plywood, such a flat surface. And when I looked at him from below, I noticed a text written in pencil. And it was obviously my father's handwriting, which has a specific handwriting and was in czech. And I don't know how to repeat the text, but I remember the emotions of the text. And it was such an emotional scene for the occupation in the sixties. He wrote something about treason there, and just that ... such despair from this event. And I don't know, but I was still small, so I guess I was there something very ... but, when I was fifteen or so, I remembered it and I told my father that ... that our parents were just in certain of those historical events and grandparents ... failed at forty-eight, and that in the sixties, then, the generation of our parents, and that he just crawled under the bed. And I asked why… That was, that was a great metaphor. And why didn't we emigrate and stuff. And he explained to me that it wasn't easy at all, well ... and I basically only realized later that I was cruel to him, that it was just like that. Yes. And, and then came ... we when ... I am. We are when ... so we had a child, unplanned during our studies and we were very happy, but I was sorry that we had a child under the communist regime. "

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“When they asked me in Vienna what nationality I was, I answered, I don’t even know, well. I am half of the Czechs crossed by the Poles and half of the Slovaks crossed by the Hungarians. ”

Witness -  Oldřich Filipík (1989)
Witness - Oldřich Filipík (1989)
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Oldrich Filipík was born in 1962 in Bratislava and because of his father who was of czech nationality, he belonged to the czech national minority. The meeting of his parents was very unconventional, because they met as opponents in court. His father was a soldier at the time, who, along with others, stole fruit from the gardens. Mother Oľga, as single Zimanová, came from a family with blue blood. She was the illegitimate daughter of Jozef Ziman and at that time only a sixteen-year-old student. Grandfather Ziman was one of the wealthy entrepreneurs with fine mechanics in Piešťany. Admission to his family was later signed on Oľga, as thanks to the then regime she was able to graduate as much as a textile school. His father came from Přerov, where Oldrich spent almost his entire childhood. In the Filipík family, czech was initially spoken, which lasted until his parents divorced. During adolescence, the memorial decided for gymnastics, which later turned into active climbing. He feels that thanks to communism he was limited in almost everything except study. He attended a mathematical grammar school in Bratislava, where he was one of the talented students. Later, Oldrich graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Bratislava, focusing on the construction of a transport structure. The study was not only demanding in terms of its content, but also thanks to the addition to the family, which was achieved right in the first year of university. Three years later, another sibling joined the first son. His first job after graduating from university was at the Project Institute of Civil Engineering in Bratislava, in PUDOS. It was a modern communist enterprise. This was soon followed by a change of workplace to Agrokonzus, where he worked at a computing center. He was also hit there on November 17, 1989. He was convinced that he wanted to take an active part in the realization of the revolution. He saw his benefit in printing a number of leaflets for students who surrounded the city with them. After disappointment with the VPN in the “V-club”, he decided to establish a “Workers’ Coordination Committee” together with other revolutionaries. Later he became its chairman and participated in the creation of the “Project” association. After the occupation of the Slovak Trade Union Council, he became an official, paid trade unionist until he was dismissed. After completing his political career, he worked in several companies as their founder, especially in the field of construction. There was a six-year break for sleep apnea. The diagnosis has significantly improved and today he works as an Android support at Eset. Oldrich currently lives with his whole family in Austria, where he has a lifetime visa. They moved in the 1990s and one of the sons even has austrian citizenship.