“For everybody not to live to see neither the beginning, nor the end of war. For an end to war as such. Because war is the worst thing for humankind. Not just for the soldiers but for the civilians as well.”
Jiří Plakoš was born in Carpathian Ruthenia where he lived until 1940. In August 1940 he emigrated to the Soviet Union where he was held captive s a refugee. He was first placed in the local jail and later deported to a huge detention camp in Starobělsk. After a short while he was taken to Nachodka-Bucht, from there to Kolyma and to Magadan. Like the other Czechoslovak camp inmates, Mr. Plakoš was eventually released and joined the Czechoslovak army corps in Buzuluk. He was with the artillery and participated in the liberation of Kiev, Bílá Cerekev, and the Jásly and Dukla operations. He’s got two children and currently lives with his wife in Kladno.