He survived the Allied air raids on Dresden, then welcomed Russian soldiers in 1968
Bohumil Hajný was born in the village of Klapý in the Litoměřice region. He had seven siblings, his parents worked in agriculture at Libochovice manor. Before starting school, his family moved to Radovesice near Libochovice, where Bohumil Hajný’s father came from. Witness started his apprenticeship at the glassworks in Libochovice, which was controlled by Siemens Glas. In 1942, he was selected, along with other apprentices, to work a sister glassworks in Dresden. There he made friends with Russians who had been taken there to forced labour and met his future wife, Katarina Jakovlevna Osadča, who came from Ukraine. In the spring of 1945, he experienced the bombing of Dresden. After the air raids finished, with his Ukrainian girlfriend he escaped to Bohemia. They went by foot - first to relatives in Dubí and then to Radovesice to his parents. He tried to legalize his girlfriend’s stay in the territory of the Protectorate, but failed, so she spent the last weeks of the war in Czechoslovakia illegally. After the war, Bohumil Hajný’s family settled on the farm left by the Germans in Milešov in Litoměřice. There he also experienced collectivization. His father was a communist and Bohumil has been one up to now. In the 1950s he became the head of the Milešov cooperative farm of the Lovosice State Farm. In 1968 he was welcoming Soviet soldiers during the occupation on 21 August, for which he was condemned by the inhabitants of Milešov. He and his wife Katarina had four children, two of whom died. He continued working on agricultural managerial positions until his retirement in 1985. In September 2021, he was living in his house in Milešov.