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Karel Hladeček (Nr. 73)
(Pražská 945)

This Stolpersteine is not a Jewish one but it concerns the second resistance movement

Karel Hladeček was born on 13 March 1908 in Most in the family of a miner. After finishing the elementary education, he started to attend Business Academy in Teplice - Šanov. There as a student he met for the first time professor Volfgang Jankovec who later prompted him to resistance activity. After finishing the secondary school, he continued studies at Business University in Prague, and graduated in 1932 as a commercial specialist. In the same year he came to Kolín and started his pedagogical career at local Business Academy. In Kolín he was engaged in working with the youth – apart from subjects connected with economy, he taught physical education and organized student camps in Lázně Bělohrad. He also worked as a Scout leader. Hladeček was also active in public life. He was a member of the town council, the chairman of Labour Academy, the member of social-democratic party and the founder of pre-war Company for cultural and business relationship with USSR. He presented academic topics on the radio and in lectures, he published articles focused on economy. The year 1938 meant a radical change in his life – he started to be engaged in anti-nazi resistance. The impulse is said to have come from his former teacher Volfgang Jankovec, the main figure of Prague leadership of petition committee Věrni zůstaneme (Loyal We Will Stay). Hladeček established a branch of this resistance group in Kolín. He closely cooperated with Josef Doskočil and Alfons Remunda. In this group they focused primarily on getting reports of strategic significance. Hladeček handed over these reports to Prague resistance headquarters from where they were radio-transmitted to London or Moscow. The reports served the employees of foreign resistance groups and also as a base for radio broadcast from London and Moscow. Apart from report sending, the resistance group led by Karel Hladeček was devoted to preparation of revolutionary commitees in Kolín region. These committees should have taken over the administrative function after the revolution. Influenced by the betrayal of Antonín Nerad, there was a huge arresting in 1941 in Prague resistance movement headquarters. The confiscated materials led the Gestapo clerks to Kolín region.

On 14 October 1942 Karel Hladeček was arrested together with his closest colleagues and many other people more or less active in resistance movement. Karel Hladeček was interviewed, investigated and imprisoned in Kolín, Kutná Hora, Mladá Boleslav, Pankrác, Terezín, Nuremberg and Munich. In June 1944 he was sentenced to death. Despite his wife´s appeal for mercy, the sentence was executed on 19 September 1944.

The Stolpersteine was paid by Military History Club – Fortress Mikulov, group.