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23. 10. 2013 10:52

Member of the anti-communist resistance and opposition recognised by the Ethics Commission - Josef Mikoláš

The Ethics Commission awarded the Member Certificate of the Anti-Communist Resistance and Opposition to Josef Mikoláš, born 30th August 1929, as in 1948 he together with his father and others as a member of a resistance group helped others to illegally cross the national borders of Czechoslovakia, by which he fulfilled the characteristics of the form of anti-communist resistance and opposition according to § 3, par. 3 of the Act No. 262/2011 Coll.

Mr. Josef Mikoláš was born 30th August 1929 in Hluboká in the Domažlice district. His father owned a general store, where Josef Mikoláš later worked.

Although the wholly accurate version of the events surrounding Josef Mikoláš could not be ascertained today, during the proceedings it had been proven that Josef Mikoláš in November 1948 together with his father and others provided help in illegal crossing of the border to a person who is designated as journalist “Markus from Slovakia” in the criminal file. This shows that Josef Mikoláš actively participated in a group, whose members fought against the communist regime by enabling illegal border crossing (or crossings) in times of oppression to (among others) such persons, whom they could reasonably suspect of participating in the anti-communist resistance abroad.

The indirect evidence in the files suggests that Josef Mikoláš helped the people smuggler group around his father repeatedly; however 50 years after the events the only clearly provable case is the unsuccessful attempt to smuggle the person called “Markus from Slovakia” across the border.

The Ethics Commission is of the opinion that Josef Mikoláš‘s actions can be designated as active participation in a group, whose members fought against the communist according to § 3, par. 3 of the Act No. 262/2011 Coll.

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