I was born there, were people joined the Germans
Rudolf Kropík was born on February 28, 1937 in Schwarzbach (Tušť) on the border of Vitorazsko. He came from a mixed Czech-German marriage. Father Adolf Kropík applied for “Reich” citizenship during the Protectorate, had to enlist in the Wehrmacht and in 1944 fell on the Russian front. In May 1945, a witness with his mother Augustine and sister Maria was expelled to Brand, Austria, as part of a wild deportation. They spent about two weeks here, then were allowed to return to Schwarzbach, which became Tušt after the war. All property, real estate and personal belongings of the Kropik family were confiscated. Rudolf trained as a carpenter in Tábor and from 1953 he worked in shipyards in Prague. He graduated from a two-year evening school of mechanical engineering. From 1956 to 1958 he completed military service in Kostelec nad Labem. From 1960 he worked in the railway workshops in České Velenice, first as a welder and later as a technologist. In 1964, he completed a three-year distance learning course with a high school leaving examination at the Industrial School of Mechanical Engineering in České Budějovice. He has been designing heating privately since the early 1990s. In 2020, Rudolf Kropík lived in Tušť.