“Daddy is here! We’ll go to Austria!”
Josef Uchytil was born in 1934 in Croatian Frélichov in Southern Moravia. His family’s ethnic composition was mixed. His grandfather from his father’s side was Czech, the grandmother came from Austria. His mother’s family was Croatian. At home they spoke German and Croatian. He only learned Czech after the war at school. During the Second World War his father had to enroll in the German army. After the end of hostilities, he was held in POW camps in Znojmo and Drahanovice. The family fled to Austria in 1948. For several years, they stayed at various places in Lower Austria before they finally moved to Vienna. Although they didn’t speak Croatian in the family after their emigration from Czechoslovakia, Mr. Uchytil still speaks Croatian very well. He lives in Vienna.