I tried to confront everything with my conscience
Milan Uhde was born on July 28, 1936 in Brno. His parents worked as lawyers and apart from Milan they raised three more children. As a child, Milan witnessed the hatred against the Jewish citizens. In 1938 his mother was expelled from the Bar Association for being Jewish. Her parents died in a concentration camp. Milan Uhde studied at a grammar school after the war and then at the Faculty of Arts of the present-day Masaryk University in Brno. Even after February 1948, a child-like trust and desire to be loyal prevailed in his character. Although he encountered the horrors of the communist dictatorship, he regarded them as mistakes of individuals rather than flaws of the communist system, in which he still inherently believed. His thinking and attitude changed in 1956 in relation to the speech of the then foremost representative of the Soviet Union N. S. Khrushchev about the personality cult and about the atrocities committed by the Stalinist regime, and also in relation to the events in Hungary. As he says, at that time he understood that he was living in a “gangster movie.” In the 1960s he began working as an editor in the literary monthly magazine Host do domu (“A Guest in the House”), he published his works, and he wrote radio and television plays. In 1968 he condemned the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and he was branded as an “enemy person” in the normalization period. From 1972 onward he became a banned author entirely. The communist regime persecuted him until 1989. In the 1970s he signed Charter 77. After the Velvet Revolution he was active in politics for several years. He is still active as an author. Milan Uhde lives in Brno.