In the end it’s your soul and what’s in it that will decide
Michal Šaman was born on December 6th 1965 in Pilsen (Plzeň). His parents got divorced, and while he had a strong relationship with his mother till the day she died, he hasn’t been able to form a bond with his father. When he was three and half years old, the family moved to Nemanice in Domažlice region with his first stepfather where his brother was born. When he was seven years old they had to move again, this time to Nový Kramolín in the same region. After that the family had been living in Ostrov nad Ohří where Michal finished a gymnasium type secondary school, passing his leaving exams in 1984. After that, he started to study at the Faculty of Eduaction in Pilsen, focusing on elementary school teaching and physical education. Even later, he changed his major to literature, of which he had been dreaming of, and he also took civics lessons. After he attended an officially permitted literary evening in T-Klub in Ostrov nad Ohří and had been distributing materials made in its course, he was interrogated by the State Security men. This – as well as troubled family relationships – was the reason why he had to repeat a year at the university. On May 6th 1989 he attended an illegal gathering – commemorating the liberation by the U.S. troops – at Náměstí Míru (A Peace Square) in Pilsen. Right after November 17th 1989 he was elected a leader of the strike committee of the Faculty of Education and helped organize the 1989 student strike in Pilsen. He attended series of protests that he helped to co-ordinate. After graduating he had been teaching at Masarykovo gymnázuim, a s´grammar school in Pilsen, and from 1997 to 2010, he was doing business. After that he had been working as a caretaker at a nursing home and he also was a therapist, a job that nowadays he has been engaged in full-time.