We lost everything during the battles for Hrabyně. All we have left is a kid with a shot leg
Jaroslav Hon was born on March 31, 1939 in Hrabyně in the Opava region. He remembers the liberation of Hrabyně by the Red Army in April 1945. He spent a week of heavy fighting with his parents in the cellars, their house was completely destroyed. After the war, a family of five lived for half a year altogether in a single room at a local farmer´s. Then they lived in a wooden house built for the inhabitants of the destroyed village by the army. He graduated from the metallurgical industrial school in Ostrava-Vítkovice. He worked at the Vítkovice Ironworks for more than forty years. In the 1960s he moved to Ostrava. The family knew the native of Hrabyně, a prominent economist and First Republic politician Karel Engliš.