To continue with hope, love, and faith
Pavel Štrobl was born on 15 July 1963 in Dačice. He grew up without father, his mother came from a Czech-German family. His grandpa died during the World War II fighting for the Wehrmacht. His great-grandfather was forced to leave for Germany after the war. The witness spent his childhood in the village of Lubnice, not far away from closely guarded Austrian boarders. Having passed his Secondary-school leaving exam at Secondary school of woodworking in Bystřice pod Hostýnem, he graduated from the Woodworking College in Zvolen in Slovakia. At first, he worked in a foreign trade enterprise Ligna in Prague and then in Dřevotvar company in Hradec Králové. He got married to Lada Hrubcová in 1988. The following year, they emigrated across the Great Britain to Germany where they obtained citizenship thanks to Pavel´s German ancestors. In Czechoslovakia, the witness was sentenced in absentia without probation to serve eighteen months for the crime of leaving the country. He worked in an engineering plant in Germany. About two years after the fall of the communist regime, he returned to Czechoslovakia and started his own business. He was living with his family in Jemnice in 2020.