Tourism and leadership of a club helped me to survive the grayness of the normalisation
Ivo Poduška was born on June 9, 1936 in Pilsen. He grew up in Hostoun in Šumava. In 1939 he experienced a large congress of Henleins there. The two uncles went through concentration camps, and a cousin was totally deployed in Germany. At the beginning of the war, the family moved to Merklín. Ivo’s father died in 1942 of kidney disease. They then moved to Přeštice with their mother and younger brother. He experienced the attacks of American fighters and the march of prisoners of war there. He is a witness to the arrival of American soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division called Indian Head. Six Americans were accommodated in their house in Přeštice. The mother was a teacher and refused to join the Communist Party. He did not receive a recommendation for school, so he trained as an electrician. He then worked at the Bílá Cerekev ironworks in Hrádek near Rokycany. He served in the Technical Battalions in Děčín. He later completed secondary school leaving exams at an industrial highschool. He worked for the water management administration or in a paper mill. He got married in 1966. He experienced the occupation of Warsaw Pact troops in August 1968 in Pilsen. He also captured dramatic moments of the occupation in photographs. In 1976, he founded the Saturn tourist club under Pionýr, which he led in the spirit of Jaroslav Foglar. The division won various competitions, the witness was an award-winning leader. In 2021 he lived in Pilsen.