The older I get, the more I realise that the meaning of life is to be good to others
Michal Hron was born on the 18th of June 1949 into a Jewish family in Prague. He studied at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University. Between the years 1972 and 1990 he worked as a programmer for the Textilana company IT centre in Liberec. He helped distribute Charter 77 and the declaration of scientific and technical workers which denounced the brutality that happened during the Jan Palach Week in 1989. He founded the Textilana branch of the Civic Forum. In 1990 he became a member of the Liberec local government where he worked for eight years, four out of which he spent as the mayor’s deputy for economics and housing. He has worked as a tax consultant since 1997. He helped found the Party for the Open Society (Czech: “Strana pro otevřenou společnost”) and is a member of the political party called Mayors and Independents in the Liberec region where he works in the finance committee of the regional government and in the anti-corruption committee of the regional council. He is currently also the president of the Liberec Jewish Community and a board member of the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities. Michal Hron is married and has three children. His son David spent years living in Israel and works as an interpreter and translator, his daughter Zuzana is a medical doctor, and his son Jan works as a programmer in the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.