Karel Pudil

* 1920  

  • “[Q: So you had a partisan group there? What did you do to them? What did you do to the Germans?] First we reported to the Germans all the things that were done there, what was produced there. [Q: Did you have to do that? Did they want to know about that?] Oh, we didn’t, we didn’t. [Q: So why did you send them the reports?] Well, because they were Germans, and Germans were taboo to us. We didn’t like Germans. [Q: Did you sabotage their work somehow?] That too.”

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    Domov pro seniory Otín - Jindřichův Hradec, 10.09.2014

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I feel sick when I think of what those days were like, when such hyenas were in power

Survivors abiture photo 1938
Survivors abiture photo 1938
photo: Archív pamětníkova syna prof. Pavla Pudila

Karel Pudil was born on 8 June 1920 in Lomnice nad Popelkou. He attended a secondary technical school of construction and later earned an Engineer’s degree in architecture. In 1942 he was assigned to force labour at an arms factory in Austria. He witnessed several Allied air raids, until in March 1944 he succeeded in escaping back to Bohemia, where he went into hiding. After the war he worked in construction, mainly at Průmstav (Industrial Constructions). In 1955 he and his wife Jarmila and their sons moved to Jindřichův Hradec, where he also worked in construction and as an architect.