Looking back, I don’t understand how I could have signed up to collaboration with State Security
Jiří Imlauf was born on the 6th of September, 1966. His mother was a clerk and his father was a former pilot of the Czechoslovak People’s Army. His father was among those who were forced to leave the military during normalisation because he did not voice his agreement with the Soviet occupation during ideological profiling. He would soon find another occupation and earned a living as a construction worker. Jiří Imlauf’s hobby was music; he was a fan of the Beatles. While studying at the Faculty of Education in Ústí nad Labem, he attended a commemorative event at the John Lennon Wall in Prague in 1987. Because of this, Jiří was contacted by State Security and interrogated. When interrogated for a second time, and under the threat of being expelled from school, he signed a collaboration agreement. His task was to inform on students and people whom he met at cultural events and at restaurants. His collaboration with State Security was made public after 1989. Jiří Imlauf works as a primary school teacher, a songwriter, and a musician. Jiří Imlauf is currently the frontman of the rock band, Houpací koně (Rocking Horses).