Communists were afraid of arrested partisans. They did not have what it takes, said partisans
Jaroslav Šebík was born on October 14th 1946 in Zlín. His father, after whom he was named, joined the 1st Czechoslovak Partisan Brigade of Jan Žižka in 1944 and spent the last year of the war as an active resistance fighter. He was a witness of the burning of a glade settlement Ploština on the 19th April 1945 and took part in the liberation of Vizovice. For his resistance activities he received the Czechoslovak War Cross 1939. Shortly after February 1948, Jaroslav Šebík Sr. was asked by his former friend to help him escape to the West. Later this friend denounced him and in 1949 Jaroslav was sentenced to five years in a corrective work camp. First, he was interned in a coal mine in Oslavany, later in a uranium mine in Horní Slavkov. He was released at the end of 1953. He made his living as a professional violinist, in 1967 he signed a contract with a Swiss conductor and emigrated to the West. He died of cancer in emigration in 1988. His son had an unsuitable background profile since his childhood. He could not study and was apprenticed as a machine fitter. During the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, his father arranged a Swiss visa for him and Jaroslav Šebík Jr. emigrated soon after. According to his own words, he never felt like home in Switzerland. After initial difficulties he gained a stable job as a mechanic and in 1972 he got married. He moved back to Czechia with his wife after he retired in 2012.