“I’m not the only one who didn’t talk about it with his parents. I think they felt ashamed that their ideals turned against them after they had won. They didn’t have the motivation to talk about it spontaneously.”
Vladimír Nekvasil was born on 20 April, 1944, in Paris. In his stories he remembers his father Miloš Nekvasil, who was born on 2 January, 1910, in the family of a carpenter in Tábor. The whole family was leaning to the left. Miloš Nekvasil studied at a secondary school in Prague and then joined the Communist party of Czechoslovakia. During his military service, he was arrested several times for his Communist agitation. In the 1930s, as a young cadre, he got to the Soviet Union and when the war broke out, he started his studies at the renowned Frunze Military Academy. In Spain, he was the commander of a motorized battalion TGM. After the international brigades in Spain were dissolved, he went to France where he was placed in an internment camp. He tried to join the Czechoslovak army there but was refused on the grounds of his membership in the Communist party. He then fought in the ranks of the French partisans and he met his future wife in France. After he returned home Miloš Nekvasil wanted to become a journalist and he was the spokesperson of J. Smrkovský. He was, however, arrested in 1949 and released in 1953 (he was never tried). He was rehabilitated in the sixties. Towards the end of his life, he worked in the Tyrš museum of physical training and sports. He was decorated with a French Cross of Battle. When he was leaving Spain, he had the rank of a staff captain. After the war, he was promoted to a major.