As a four-year-old, he was alone with his father. His German mother was afraid to come to Cheb after the war
Václav Soukup was born on 17 July 1941 in Prague. He spent his childhood in Letenské sady in Prague 7, but after the war he moved with his father to Cheb. His mother, a German orthodox Catholic, was very afraid of moving to the Sudetenland. Part of the family went into expulsion, she herself received a decree that allowed her to stay. Václav Soukup did not feel comfortable in war-stricken Cheb, but fortunately he found his life’s hobby here - puppetry. He belonged to the group around Gustav Nosek, who created the character of Hurvínek, and they often performed their shows around the region. His mother forbade him to study at the Academy of Performing Arts, so he continued in his father’s career, on the railway. In August 1968, he printed anti-occupation leaflets. He completed his compulsory military service in Pilsen, where a provocateur was deployed to discredit him so that Václav became a professional soldier. After the service, he returned to the railways, later becoming a train driver and organising exhibitions in his spare time. He realized the creation of the bust of Gustav Nosek in Cheb. In 2023 he lived in Cheb.