When someone does something against Hitler, he later does something against Stalin as well, that’s a logical step
Jiří Světlík was born in Pilsen on March 11, 1924. After his education, he was trained as a typographer in his father’s print shop. From January 1944 onwards he worked as a slave laborer in the German city of Donauwörth. Because of his secret travels home to Pilsen, but mainly because of the animosity of the camp commander towards him, he was accused of treason and of trying to weaken and disintegrate the armed forces of the German nation. He was arrested in June 1944 and held in custody in Donauwörth and Stadelheim in Munich. The trial was, however, postponed due to the bombing of the Palace of Justice in Munich by allied air raids. On another occasion, the trial was postponed again because the witnesses were unable to arrive due to the damages to the railway network that were caused by allied bombings. Jiří Světlík could thus not be tried. His return to Czechoslovakia was extremely complicated as the whole railway network suffered extensive damages from allied bombing. He got involved in the so-called “Czechoslovak Self-Help of the City of Munich” which organized the return of Czech compatriots from Munich to Czechoslovakia. After the war he worked in his father’s print shop until was confiscated by the Communists in 1948. In February 1948 he served in the army and experienced the beginning of the setting up of the “Iron Curtain”. He found a new job in the china works in Loket, where he participated in a group which was helping prisoners in the camps in Slavkovsko. This group arranged contacts with their families and provided the prisoners with food and other necessities because there were severe famines in the camps in the years 1949 - 1950. The group was, however, revealed and its activity was branded as “anti state operations”. In 1952 Mr. Světlík was tried as the leader of the anti-Communist group “Světlík and associates”. He was held in custody by the State Police (STB) in Klatovy, Cheb, Jáchymovsko (the camps Nikolaj and Rovnost) and in the Kartouzy prison in Valdice. He was released from prison in 1962 in the course of an amnesty. After his release he found a job in Pilsen in a steel syndicate. Here he worked in different positions until his retirement in 1984. He is a historian of his region and wrote a book „Dobřív: a History of a Village in Brdy”. He further wrote his memoirs entitled “Memories of an Old Criminal”. He is a boy scout and a member of the Confederation of Political Prisoners. He is also a member of the August Sedláček Club.