“My parents gave me their savings book and said: ‘buy yourself whatever you want’. They must have known that the sweet life they’d had was over. Life in the First Republic was wonderful, indeed.”
Otto Grant was born on August 17, 1923, in a well-to-do, assimilated Jewish family. He went to grammar school in Prague and in 1939 he moved to Great Britain following the advice of his uncle. Later he was also trained to be part of a tank crew. He participated in the Battle of Dunkirk in 1942. After the war he returned to Czechoslovakia (he came to Prague in his tank on May 30, 1945). He got married in 1948. In 1959 he was sentenced to four years of prisen, which he served in a coal mine in Mostecko region.