The inability to fulfil our dreams was a constant of our adolescence
Dionýz Hochel was born on November 10, 1967 in Bratislava. After growing up during normalization, he started his studies at Faculty of Arts of Comenius University. He belonged to a group of students who used to share dissident literature among themselves. He was involved in the activities of an anti-communist movement, and in the activities of the lay apostolate within the secret church, where the informal opposition to the Communist regime was formed and strengthened. Dionýz was in the top positions of the students’ protest movement, which organized two breakthrough strikes: firstly, on 16th November 1989 on the occasion of International Students’ Day, and then on 20th November when they declared a strike at all the universities. Those two events were followed by mass protests on SNP Square. Dionýz worked as an activist at the VPN’s (Public Against Violence) press office. After 1990 he studies political science in the United States and Great Britain. He has worked at the Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia, and currently he is the head of the European Parliament’s office in Bratislava.