I didn’t understand why it was such a problem that I wanted to live honourably
Jiří Veselý was born on 7 August 1938 in Brno. He joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which caused him numerable difficulties under Socialism. In the late 1950s he was drafted into compulsory military service. Because his church observes Saturday as a day of obligatory rest, he refused to train or obey military orders on Saturdays. For this he was sentenced to a year in prison. He was released in 1958 and then had to serve another two years in the Auxiliary Engineering Corps. His faith caused him trouble at work as well. He was employed as a fire extinguisher inspector. He then graduated from a long-distance course at the Theological Faculty of Comenius University and became a Seventh Day Adventist preacher. He ministered in various cities and also served as the head of the association that connected all the Adventist congregations in Moravia. His activities in the church also made him a target of State Security surveillance and persecution.