Czechoslovakia didn’t help us Croats and later on, it even blamed us of not being reliable. This has to be explained!
Josef Hubený was born in 1937 into a Croatian family living in Nový Přerov. His father’s name was Tomáš, his mother’s Anna, née Slunská, the daughter of Tomáš Slunský, long-time mayor of Přerov. Josef Hubený was the oldest of four siblings. In 1942, he began attending school in Nový Přerov. The classes were taught in German as Nový Přerov was part of the Niederdonau province since 1938. While in third grade, he witnessed combat operations taking place in and around Nový Přerov. Josef Hubený very vividly recalls the war days, as well as the period following the end of the war. In August 1948, his entire family was deported to Paseky in the foothills of the Jeseníky Mountains. He then worked as a project architect and later as a worker in Šternberk, where he lives until today. In the years 2007 - 2009, he was chairman of the Association of the Citizens of Croatian Nationality in the Czech Republic. He speaks fluent Croatian and takes great interest in documenting the history of the Croatian minority in Moravia.