Stand here for ages, guide, protect, and resist!
Radoslav Sáblík was born February 9, 1924 in Brno. His father Viktor Sáblík worked in a mine, and his mother Marie, née Kudlíková, was a housewife. Radoslav Sáblík showed exceptional technical talent already when he was a young boy and after completing elementary school in 1939 he was thus sent to apprentice as a machine fitter in the Zbrojovka arms factory in Brno. It was in this factory where he experienced the mobilization in September 1938 with his classmates and subsequently all the events brought about by the war. After the war he began studying a secondary technical school. In 1947 he married after completing his military service, returned to the Zbrojovka factory, and in 1948 he joined the Communist Party. During the 1950s he worked in the Zetor factory. In 1958 his fellow Party members asked him to testify against two of his colleagues in a staged court trial. Radoslav refused, which resulted in several weeks of psychic terror that culminated in his two suicide attempts. Later, in 1958, he began working in the testing laboratory of the Research Institute for Rolling-element Bearings, the second largest testing facility in all Comecon countries. He gradually progressed to the position of the deputy to the director. During the thirty years of work in this institute he became the author of with fifteen patent applications and inventions, some of which were being sold all over the world. Apart from recognition from the research community, however, they also brought him a lot of envy from less successful colleagues, tens of anonymous letters and eventually also the interest of the secret police, which did not favour Radoslav’s contacts with colleagues from foreign countries. In 1968 Radoslav Sáblík openly criticized the invasion of the occupying armies to Czechoslovakia, and with his authorization he helped sixteen of his colleagues to emigrate. The activity of the StB secret police intensified after 1968 and they eventually offered him to collaborate with them. Radislav Sáblík refused, but the situation eventually escalated so much that he succumbed to the pressure and in 1974 he signed the commitment of cooperation. A file was kept on Radoslav Sáblík under his cover name n. 20319 Výzkumník (Researcher) by the registry department of the Regional Authority of the Police (SEO KS SNB) from January 21, 1974. In the 1980s he submitted several proposals for improvements of the submachine gun, and he also temporarily worked in the Military Technical Institute in Prague. He experienced the Velvet Revolution while he was about to retire. As for his collaboration with the secret police, he claims that he had been forced to sign the commitment under harsh pressure and he had never harmed anybody; on the contrary, thanks to his connections he helped many people.