“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. ”
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.