The children in the children’s home were poor, but no one took a single heller from me
Ivan Kosenko was born on 28 July 1941 in Trnava. His father was from Russia - he had left the country during the Russian revolution in 1917. His mother came from Lublin, a part of her family lived in Yugoslavia. After his mother’s death, his father remarried, and because Ivan did not get on well with his stepmother, he was sent first to a sanatorium and then to a children’s home for war orphans. He was expelled from the secondary school of economics he attended, and he worked in road construction before starting military service. After his discharge from the army he married, and he and his wife completed their education at an economic school. He worked at the National Security Corps (the police force) and investigated economic crimes; he lost his job after 1968 and worked in public services in Chomutov. In 1990 he returned to the police; he is now retired.