Forty-two years in one coal mine
Josef Pukowiec was born January 1, 1929 in the miners’ colony in Sovinec in the Karviná mining area. His father was a miner as well, and he worked in the mines which at that time belonged to the aristocratoic family of Larisch-Mönnich. Josef learnt the trade of a mining machinery fitter in the Karviná region. In winter 1945 he was sent to do forced labour in Germany and on the way there, the train in which he was riding was attacked by Allied bombers near Dresden during the air raid on the city. In the ensuing chaos Josef escaped from the transport and until the end of the war he was hiding in his friends’ homes in the Karviná region. For his entire life he was working in the Czechoslovak Army Mine in the Karviná mining area as a miner, machine fitter and switchman on an underground locomotive and for many years he was also a member of a mine rescue team.