We were young frolics who would make fun of German bobbies
Mirko Zelenka was born on October 20, 1923, in Vrapice near Kladno in a miner’s family that lived secluded in the countryside. In 1938, he began his apprenticeship in the Poldi steelworks in Kladno for a machine locksmith. Two years into his apprenticeship, he followed up with studies at a higher school of engineering. However, the war kept disturbing his studies. Since September 28, 1943, he was forcibly assigned to the Technische Nothilfe in Berlin, where he spent four months. In the summer of 1944, he was subjected to the so-called “total mobilization” and became a stoker serving an engine of the Czechoslovak national railway company. He passed the school-leaving exam in 1947 and after passing military service he got a job with the directorate of the coal mines in Kladno, where he worked in what was then the machine department. Later, he would also work in the mine transportation department and in the department of the chief machinist. In the years 1955-1969 he was a deputy of the district national committee in Kladno. In 1969, he was deprived of all his functions for political reasons and two years later he was hired as a machinist in the Plynostav Pardubice national enterprise, where he stayed until his retirement. Presently, he lives in an asylum for the elderly in Švermov near Kladno.