On the day of the hanging, it was quiet
Bedřich Zahradník was born on October 21, 1931, in Újezd near Vizovice. He and his siblings were raised to work hard. As a little boy, he saw a German commando burning down a village called Ploština. After the war was over, he completed a waiter/chef/bartender apprenticeship. He had dreamt about traveling the world. After February 1948, he offered an accommodation to his acquaintance who was an escaped political prisoner at the time. However, State Security (StB) detained both of them soon after. The witness went through a series of examinations accompanied by physical abuse. He spent several months in solitary confinement in Uherské Hradiště. After his release from prison, he joined the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP); as such, he was not able to work in the field of his studies. He had to leave several jobs due to the reappearing pressure exerted by State Security agents. In 2023 he was living in Brno.