When you object to the regime, you gain a tremendous amount of inner freedom
Viktor Parkán was born in 1946 in Prague. In the 1950s he began working at the Vinohrady Theatre. He remained there for twelve years, but the hypocritical behaviour of some of his colleagues following the occupation in August 1968 caused him to quit his job. With the normalisation encroaching, he happened upon a copy of the letter that Václav Havel sent to President Gustav Husák in April 1975. Viktor Parkán was greatly affected by the text, and when he heard of Charter 77 a few years later, he signed it without hesitation. In 1977 he moved with his family to a cottage in Řepčice near Litoměřice. The cottage became a popular location for dissident meetings. State Security raids were daily business. In 1981 the Parkáns were handed an eviction order. They tried to defend themselves at court, but to no avail. They were forced to leave and the house was demolished.