Many fortunate coincidences have helped me in my life, but only during freedom I have experienced real happiness.
Karel Kotek was born on 27 February 1922 in Liberec into a family of a professional soldier. With the arrival of the Protectorate, the family moved to Prague. During the forced labor he worked in Prague in CKD, where reconnaissance and connecting aircraft were manufactured for the German army. After the war he graduated from a school of commerce and began working on the radio as an employee of the planning department for procurement. However, he was found “cadre-defective” and sent to work in the mines in Kladno. He managed to break free of them and formally started working in the borderland. He and his wife Jiřina joined a group of refugees from the Czechoslovak Republic. The border crossing was successful and the Kotka family got to the Valka refugee camp near Nuremberg. After obtaining a visa for Chile, the couple started to do business in this poor, crisis-affected country. From there they went to Venezuela, where they did much better. After the November Revolution, Mr and Mrs Kotek moved to their homeland, but Jiřina Kotková died of long-term illness. Karel Kotek remarried and nowadays lives with his current wife Svatava in Prague.