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(Apr 3, 1914 - Dec 11, 2002)
*see Miroslav's We Remember You-Tube video (12 min, sound)
Miroslav ROHEL was born in Paskov(near Ostrava) Moravia, Czechoslovakia, one of 5 children, although 2 died shortly after being born. His father František died when Miroslav was 4 years old and his mother Johanna remarried Julius Metz 2 years later, when he was 6. Julius moved into her house on Náměstí #26, helping to raise her 3 young children. For some reason he was never accepted by František's siblings and later, even the children were only close to Johanna's family. We know nothing about dad's step-dad or his Metz family. In school, one of his early teachers was his uncle Josef Havránek (see picture). Miroslav joined the Czech military school at an early age, Sokol in 1933 and became a Captain mechanic in the air force. During WW-II, he was a member of the resistance group “Obran a Národa” and when captured & after a trial, he spent 4 years in prison as a political prisoner. From 1941 - May 1943 in Wroclaw, Poland (Breslau, Germany at the time) and from May 1943 - May 1, 1945 in Straubing, Germany. During a prisoner transfer march to Dachau, American planes bombed the Germans and he escaped. In 1946-1947, he was stationed in Šternberk, Moravia tank training base. *See Miroslav's Pictures or some interesting WW-II articles on Radio Prague; Heroes or cowards?, Liberating Ostrava-Bloodiest WW-II battle on Czech soil and World War II - 60 years on
In 1947, Miroslav noticed a pretty woman Adele "Heidi" Klimesch (age 20) walking in Šternberk few times and one day he knocked on her door and asked if she would be interested going on a date. Adele's father Johann, with sons Arthur and Rudolf left for Montreal Canada in December 1948, after Johann's troublesome encounter with the local Communists. Adele + Miroslav hit it off and were married on January 21, 1950. Thereafter, our family lived at 20 Cš. Armády near the Šternberk hotel. Both our parents worked at Moravia factory (aka Mora-Top appliance mfg) and while there, co-workers were told "do not to talk to them or you could get in trouble", by the Communists. Our parents knew what the Communist regime was all about and would not compromise their values or join the party, even at a considerable cost to our family. After all, our Dad did not spend 4 years in Nazi jails, just to join the Communists after the war. As to our mother Adele and what happened to her family and relatives; see Heeg & Friedmann Textile story or few additional details on Friedmann, Klimesch or Stories pages (more to come).
In August 1969 (after 1968 Soviet-block invasion) Miroslav (age 55), with his wife Adele and (7) children, escaped Šternberk and the country's Communist system. Waiting for our visa in Vienna, we had a chance to see the German Straubing prison where he was a prisoner, but we were not allowed to go in, as it was now a regular prison. The guard told our father "Be glad you're here on the outside and not inside". We did have a chance to visit Dachau concentration camp with a record of atrocities, none of us could believe. *see Town of Šternberk /Sternberg (1850-1969) Friedmann-Klimesch-Rohel story or Peter's Page for more details
Miroslav adapted well to his Toronto new home. In 1990, with Adele and his Canadian born daughter Monica, he went to visit his family and home in Czech Republic. Miroslav loved his wife Adele and family, as well as reading, chess, sports and the outdoors. At his 80th birthday celebration in a park by lake Ontario, he dove for the ball - while we played volleyball and performed a head stand.. Miroslav was a good man and is missed by the people that knew him.
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