Father, Ladislav Brom
by Libor Brom
father, Ladislav Brom (1889-1981), the greatest man of my life.
Elementary school teacher, school director, businessman, entrepreneur.
President of Czechoslovak-Polish club Ostrava. Arrested by both
the Nazis and the Communists - the last time at the age of seventy-six
sentenced (14 months). A hard working and courageous man. A genius.
Dr. Ing. Libor Brom
(1923 - 2006)
Brom was professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and director of Russian
Area Studies at the University of Denver.
He is the author of nine books and a great deal of studies in the field of Slavic culture and civilization.
In addition, he has lectured at numerous institutions of learning and before many civic and religious groups on education, literature, and international relations. He has appeared on three continents and often on radio and television.
A native Czechoslovakian, Dr. Brom was an American citizen. He received his education at the Czechoslovak Institute of Technology, School of Economics, the Charles University of Prague, School of law, the San Francisco State University, and the University of Colorado.
In Europe, Dr. Brom served as an economist and lawyer in International Business and as the chief planner in the research. development, and normalization of Czechoslovak river shipbuilding.
As a professor in the United States, he was selected by the Modern Language Association of America as the Teacher with Superlative Performance, named The American by Choice in Colorado, and received a National Americanism Medal.
In the College Book by the Ballantine Books of New York, 1984 he is named Denver University's best professor.
Dr. Brom served in the leadership of many national and international organizations and was imprisoned by both the Nazis and the Communists. He is listed in Who'S Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
Grandfather, Ladislav Brom
By Rafael Brom
did not have chance to spend much time with my grandfather. Last time I saw
him was when I was small kid. Long story.
According to description of my father my grandfather, Ladislav Brom was a genius, great business man, mechanic, teacher, music virtuoso and the toughest cookie you can imagine.
Very brave man. Both Nazis and Communists were afraid of him. Jailed by both dictatorships did not crush him.
of the stories my father told me about my grandfather was during Nazi occupation
Czech Nazi collaboration police came to his home to give him last warning. My grandfather responded to them: "You go ahead, when war is over I'll make sure that you all hang on the tallest three".
Nazis left his home scared, because they knew he was not joking.
story is when Communists came after Red Army invasion of Czechoslovakia. Communists
confiscated his big store, warehouse and other private property.
Grandfather had to retreat to his last property big villa in mountains. Communists came to confiscate this too in the name of social justice.
He was waiting for them behind closed door with an axe in his hand and told them: "Come in you bastards, I'll take you one by one".
They left him alone. They knew that he was not joking.
Nazis and Communists took over country people often asked him why so rich man
like him owner of big successful business still keeps his teaching job in local
His answer was: "My teaching job is my bread and my business is only a mayonnaise". When Nazis and Communist confiscated all he had they could not confiscate his teaching pension.
This teaching pension was only thing left for him and his wife in old age for survival in poverty of Socialism.
He died peacefully in age of 92.
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