I dedicated my life to the Brontosaurus Movement
Jiří Jiránek was born on 7 September 1942 in Prague to the family of a merchant. After 1948, his father’s store had been seized by the communists so his family had to move to work at collective farms around Pardubice. He studied at a forestry school. He did his compulsory military service in Pardubice as a technician serving the local MiG-15 fleet. In 1965, he married and moved to Vysočina to work for the Forest Administration. The following year, his daughter was born and the family returned to Pardubice. The witness started working at Semtín and later at Tesla, building two houses. After 1972, he gave lectures at secondary schools. He organized summer camps for students and co-founded the Brontosaurus Action in 1974. After a year, an official movement backed by the Socialist Youth Union (SSM) was established, gaining widespread popularity among the young people. From 1980 to 1985, he studied forestry at university. After 1984, the regime would punish him in various ways for his activities. In 1990, he entered his second marriage and started working at the Ministry of the Environment’s department of landscape ecology. Later, he was at the department of environmental politics, retiring in 2005. In 2021, he was living in Pardubice.