One air-raid after another, yet we had to work
Jan Janda was born in 1922 in southern Bohemia. In the years 1942-1945, he was fully deployed in Linz, Austria, where he worked as a construction worker. He participated in the construction of anti-aircraft shelters under factories in which military equipment was manufactured. He also experienced several devastating raids. He worked and met a number of forced labourers from all over Europe, prisoners of war from France and Italy, and prisoners from the nearby Mauthausen concentration camp. In February 1945, he decided to flee back to Bohemia and hid until the end of the war. He became an eyewitness to the bombing of České Budějovice. At the time of filming the interview (2011), the witness lived in České Budějovice.