When we can’t read books freely, we start publishing them freely
Miroslav Klepáček was born on December 27, 1963 in Nové Město na Moravě. He spent his childhood in nearby Křižánky in the heart of the Vysočina region. His parents passed on their evangelical faith to him from childhood, and in Christian communities, he met several people who opposed the totalitarian government of the communists. After primary school, he went to Brno, where he trained as a bookbinder in Drutěva, Brno. He met the secret Dominican Milan Badal, with whom he shared a passion for literature. Together they founded and secretly published Sursum, a samizdat journal for theology, philosophy and literature. Miroslav found a job in the Rudé práva printing house in Brno and later in the national company Tisk, while he also used both of these workplaces for his samizdat activities. He met many interesting people from the field of the hidden church, dissent, culture and science. He wanted to make similar meetings possible for other people, so he organized secret housing seminars at home, at which these personalities lectured. At the end of the 1980s, he took part in demonstrations in Prague and himself experienced severe interventions by the armed forces. After a brutal crackdown on demonstrators on Národní třída, he joined the demonstrations that called for an end to the Communist Party’s totalitarian rule and the establishment of a free democratic society. In the revolutionary months, he became the editor of the People’s Democracy to support the free dissemination of information. In 1991, he founded the Sursum publishing house, in which he has published 440 books to date.