They came for me and one said to the other: lets take him to the yard and shoot him down
Josef Očenášek was born on May 3, 1925 in Laškov. At the age of fifteen, he went to Náměšt na Hané to work as a forester. In his new place of work, he soon joined the resistance. He converted partisans and supplied information on the movements of German patrols. As a forester, he knew the terrain around Náměšť very well and had all the prerequisites for such an activity. Later, he delivered medicine to prisoners, kept wanted persons at home, and in the last few months before the end of the war, he took care of a Russian officer, for whom he found food in exchange for wood obtained in the forest. After the war, he worked until 1947 at the estate of the Lobkowicz family at Vintířov Castle.