Jindřich Holas

* 1931  

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If I think of it too much, I will get insane

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Jindřich Holas
photo: archiv pamětníka / Jakub Zvoníček

Jindřich Holas was born on April 19, 1931 in Dubí near Kladno. His uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Topinka, were executed by the Nazis in the Petschek Palace during the war for supposedly providing a hiding place for a paratrooper. In 1946 Jindřich began studying at a military music school where he started playing the transverse flute in an army orchestra. In the 1950s he refused to become a member of the Communist Party and he refused to become a policeman and he also did not want to serve as a guard of honour at a funeral of a Soviet soldier. He was expelled from the army and sent to work in uranium mines in Jáchymov. When the mines were closed down he began working in agriculture in the Šumava region. Jindřich completed a secondary school of agriculture in Březnice, specializing as a zootechnician. In 1995 he began studying theology at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and in 2008 he studied theology at Charles University in Prague. In 2017, after 60 years, he started playing the transverse flute again.