My Czech grandfather was orphaned at 14 and then imprisoned in a forced labour camp in Austria when he was 19. He was the first person to start managerial training in Czechoslovakia when he was 33. He is 90 today. Ask him Anything!
His short bio: My Granddad Drahomir turns 90 today, in his life he has encountered a lot of difficult times. He has lived in Brno, Czech Republic for the majority of his life, apart from when he was imprisoned in a Nazi forced labour camp 1942-1945, called Sankt Valantin. He was taken because he had been apprenticed to a 'toolmaker' and was very good at his craft. In the camp he and other Czech prisoners helped to sneak food to the Polish prisoners who were treated worse then them. He escaped from the camp in April 1945 after an Allied raid.
He was hidden in a train locomotive by Austrian anti fascists where he pretended to be the fire stoker. He walked from Austrian border to Mohelno in the Czechoslovakia where he was sheltered by a farming family until the end of the war.
He has lived under the Nazi's and Communist rule and into the current democratic state. Under the communist rule he worked at an engineering factory in Brno, and continued his studies outside of work up to a degree in Adult education.
The reason I am doing this is because I don't speak Czech and as I live in England and him in the Czech Republic I don't get to see him or speak to him often at all without an interpreter (thanks Mum). I'd love to have a record of some of his experiences to keep hold of for the future. He's a real inspiration to me and I think you will find him too.
My Proof: http://youtu.be/DPCyno10DJs (video taken of his speech from his party over the weekend.)
PLEASE POST YOUR LOCATION WHEN ASKING A QUESTION - My Granddad is keen to know where the questions are coming from :)
Final Update: 11/09 21:00 GMT: My Granddad is now finished answering questions now. I will be keeping a copy of the thread and will try to go through all the questions and comments and add information where I can. My Granddad wanted to record a personal message to everyone who submitted a question: http://youtu.be/_o8k9DUAHUQ And here is a Thank You from me the OP...(far less interesting): http://youtu.be/uuoTAzENGVM
11/09: 18:45 We're Closing Questions now as we have a lot to work through. Thank you to everyone who contributed. We will do our best to cover everything. New video: http://youtu.be/vpZeBe06TcY
11/09 17:51 GMT Answering the last lot of questions now.
11/09 10:20 GMT So we are going to do another round of questions this afternoon/early eve before we close questions. We will sincerely try to answer all the ones we can...but as you can appreciate my Grandad is 90 years old so we'll go for as long as he feels able to. Thanks again for such interest and DUDE THANKS FOR THE GOLD!!
10/09 18:45 GMT - Reading out the locations and Happy Birthday wishes to him over dinner. Will answer questions that we know the answers to/my mum can answer. But a lot are specific to his experiences and of course would not want to put words in his mouth.
10/09 18:30 GMT - He is going to call it a day today, as he has his birthday evening meal ready for him now and we're going to have the cake and some champagne. He does want to answer all your questions so please do keep them coming through and he'll pick things up tomorrow afternoon/evening. THANK YOU to everyone who's asked questions today. He says of today's questions: "I have deduced from all parts of the world that people can get on together (online) and live happily without anybody trying to push them around. Thank you for your questions, being 90 years old I get tired but I have enjoyed this greatly and look forward to more questions tomorrow."
He would love to know what happened to Giovanni Caldo who was his friend in the camp...if anyone would know how to trace him it would be amazing.