They broke Dad’s neck on a testing machine. They tied on a winch, a rope, and broke his neck
Radslav Švéda was born on 2 September 1949. The 1948 Communist coup spelled disaster to his family. His grandparents, Mr and Mrs Kasparides, were evicted from their house and had their factory in Kolín confiscated that very year. In 1950 the Communists seized his parents’ farm in Lošany and evicted the family. His father Václav Švéda joined the anti-Communist resistance group of the Mašín Brothers. On 2 May 1955 he was executed in Pankrác and the urn with his ashes was destroyed. Radslav’s mother Ludmila spent ten years in prison, his grandfather František was jailed for seven years, and his uncles Vratislav and Zdeněk served eleven years each. All of their property was also confiscated. The witness was thus robbed of his parents when only four years old, with only a few hazy childhood memories of them. His mother was beautiful with thick black hair and healthy tanned skin. When she came home, she was greyed and irreparably marked by her time in the cell. Radslav Švéda later trained as a mechanic and was employed at the iron works in Prostějov for many years. After the fall of Communism he opened his own machine fitting shop in Pivín, where he now employs thirty people.