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Milan Grulich was born on May 17, 1935 in Brno. His parents ran a restaurant at the local National House, but after the building was managed by the National Solidarity, they moved to Kyjov. They then had the Slavia restaurant on Kyjov Square. It was in Kyjov that Milan spent most of the war and the dramatic events at the end of it - for example, his father was briefly imprisoned for serving Germans in his restaurant. Milan was already drawn to army after the war, but as the son of a tradesman, he was not welcome in the People’s Army. At first he went to study as a lathe operator, but his dream eventually came true, he graduated from several military schools and became an aircraft mechanic. He has lived in Pardubice since 1958. He also experienced the occupation of Czechoslovakia at the Pardubice airport in August 1968 and, together with other soldiers, refused to help the occupiers. He remained in the army until 1985, when he was forced to leave due to his brother’s emigration to the West. In civilian life, he then made a living as a foreman at a vocational school, and has been retired since 1990.