The friendship of the grateful Chinese outlasted the era of political animosity
Vladimír Nádraský is the son of “Vašek” whose name is known even in China. His father Václav Nádraský was a professional car mechanic, focusing on race cars, but he was also close to agriculture. An active Communist Party member, he reached a prominent position at the ministry of agriculture and in 1956 he led a team of experts sent to help a Chinese state-owned farm. Meanwhile, Vladimír witnessed the local agricultural cooperative take over the farm estate of his mother’s parents, effectively destroying it. This was a traumatic experience at his young age. His passion for machines brought him to a factory where the Jawa motorcycles were manufactured and where he studied to become a machinist. Following his basic military service he came back to Jawa but the company had since moved on to a different field that was not very interesting to Vladimír. Instead he worked several jobs that would hopefully enable him to acquire a flat for the family. He worked even after retiring and during a technical job at the Motol hospital he was invited to a celebration in China where his father had been working. He travelled there as one of four descendants of the Czech expert group led by his father.