“They came in through my grandmom’s window, surrounded the house and lined up my parents while pointing their machine guns at them.”
Pavel Hubačka was born on May 18, 1925, into a peasant’s family. His father, Metoděj Hubačka was a farmer and his mother Františka Hubačková, née Dvořáková was in the household. After finishing primary school in Dolní Bojanovice, he attended municipal school while he did his military service in Šternberk. He was trained as a mechanic in Hodonín and until his arrest, worked in several companies as a car electrician. After the war he was the deputy chieftain of the ‘Eagle’ and the co-founder of the Junák in Bojanovice. Until his military service began, he was an organizer in the ČSL. Mr. Hubačka’s illegal activities were focused in several directions. He organized action against the local exponents of the Communist regime in Dolní Bojanovice. For this purpose, he was a trained members of the armed resistance groups. At the same time, in cooperation with a Roman-Catholic priest from Bojanovice, Mr. Jaromír Pořízek, he provided support to families persecuted by the Communist regime. During his illegal activities he came into contact with Jaroslav Vetejška, a courier, who was involved in the shooting of State-Police Lieutenant Alois Dyček. J. Vetejška took over the lead of the Bojanovice resistance group from P. Hubačka and J. Pospíšil after he returned from abroad. On 7 January, 1950, P. Hubačka was placed into pre-trial custody. The investigation took place in Hodonín, Uherské Hradiště and Břeclav. During the investigation in Uherské Hradiště, Mr. Hubačka was subjected to brutal interrogations. The trial with the group took place on March 20 - 22, 1950. The senate of the State Court in Prague was presided by Dr. Jaroslav Novák, the prosecutor was state attorney Dr. Karel Čížek. The main proceedings of the trial took place with a pre-selected audience directly in Hodonín. Mr. Hubačka was sentenced to 30 years of heavy incarceration, a fine of 30,000 crowns, the confiscation of all of his property and the deprivation of his civil rights for 10 years for committing high treason and espionage. After his conviction, he went through several prisons and camps: Prague-Pankrác, Bytíz, Leopoldov, Mírov, Vojna, Pilsen-Bory. He spent the longest time in camps in the Příbram region. During his term in prison he fell ill with tuberculosis and was repeatedly disciplined and punished. He was paroled in July, 1964 after a review of the original trial. After his release, he was first employed in the Czechoslovak automotive transportation in Gottwaldov (Zlín). Then, he spent almost his entire productive age as a welder and welding instructor. In the sixties and seventies, he founded and ran a welding cooperative and a welding school, where he even employed several of his former inmates from prison. In 1965 he married his wife and they raised three children. He is a member of the Confederation of political prisoners of the Hodonín branch, where until 2003 he served as vice-president. His life creed is: “go through life with moral integrity and honesty”.