Communism is the direct influence of the devil on earth
Petr Kozánek was born on May 8, 1949 in Kyjov. Father Jaroslav as a notary had to retire early in the 1950s and the family found themselves in existential problems. His parents raised Peter to a Catholic faith that had accompanied him throughout his life. He studied at the University of Economics in Prague. In the protests a year after the invasion of Warsaw Pact troops, on August 21, 1969, he was arrested and beaten by members of the People’s Militia. After a month of imprisonment and interrogation in Pankrác, he was released, escaped with a reprimand and could finish college. During his studies he married Jindřiška Kavačová and in 1973 graduated as an engineer in economics. He had to serve two years of basic military service, even though he already had two children. Peter has pursued many civic activities in support of ecology, unjustly persecuted people and religious freedom. In 1981, he also signed Charter 77. He travelled to Austria, where he carried inaccessible religious literature in Czechoslovakia. In 1984, he was arrested at the border and held in custody for a month. He received a suspended sentence of 10 months from the court. He worked in Kovo Bzenec as an economist, but after problems he left and found only a stoker work in the boiler room. Petr participated in the reproduction of various samizdat periodicals. He was monitored by the State Security as an enemy of Category I, constantly being bullied and installed a wiretap in his house. In November 1989 he founded the Civic Forum in Kyjov and was involved in municipal politics. He was elected member of the Czech National Council, where he served as chairman of the Budget Committee. He retired from politics and since 1993, as a member of the Board of Directors, privatized the company Koryna Koryčany.