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Jan Bervida

Jan Bervida

Czech
Jan Bervida
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Czech
Was Military personnel
From Czech Republic
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 4 September 1893, Radkov, Czech Republic
Death 26 January 1962, New York City, USA (aged 68 years)
Star sign Virgo
Education
Czech Technical University in Prague
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Biography

Ing. Jan Bervida (4 September 1893 in Radkov, district Tábor – 26 January 1962 in New York, USA). Residence: United States of America, 1948–1962. Head of department of Czechoslovakian Civilian Airways (1929–38 and also 1945–47). Vice president of ICAO and FAI. Member of ICAN and the Council of Free Czechoslovakia.

Biography

After finishing secondary school in Tábor he began studying at the Imperial-Royal Technical University (now ČVUT) in Prague. In 1914, during the 1st World War, he was sent to Eastern Front and 1915 Bervida was taken prisoner by Russians, and later as a private of the Czechoslovak Legion he took part in a march to the United States via Vladivostok. Upon returning to his home country he graduated from the University of Technology, receiving an MA (Ing.) in Aeronautic Engineering.

Public Works Ministry

In 1927–29 he worked at the Public Works Ministry in Prague, where he became Head of the Aviation Department in 1929. By some sources short time before the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Army of the Nazi Germany in 1938, President Edvard Beneš promoted him to Army General in Reserve. There is not any remark in Czech military archives about it.

The Nazi Occupation 1939–1945

During the Nazi Occupation of Czechoslovakia from 1939 to 1945, Bervida, as a former member of Czechoslovak Legion, was fired in 1939 and became a teacher. He taught at a secondary school specializing in engineering. Later he was arrested and interrogated. Because he collaborated with the Czechoslovak government-in-exile in London, he was sentenced to death. He was saved by the end of World War II in May 1945.

Post-war

In 1945–47, Bervida became Department Head at the Ministry of Transport (Civilian Airways) and Czechoslovak Airlines (ČSA) Director.

In 1946 was Bervida elected vice president of the FAI and one year later 1947 was he elected vice president to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He was unjustly charged in a court case brought against him, but the case was dropped after the intervention of President Edvard Beneš.

During Communist takeover in 1948 he was in France, where applied for citizenship. In Paris he was involved with Czechoslovak exile authorities (Council of Free Czechoslovakia). Shortly thereafter he emigrated to the United States, where he worked with the ICAO in New York and in Montreal.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 23 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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