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23. 10. 201310:50

Member of the anti-communist resistance and opposition recognised by the Ethics Commission - Stanislava Petrlíková

The Ethics Commission awarded the Member Certificate of the Anti-Communist Resistance and Opposition to Stanislava Petrlíková, born 6th May 1927, for public attitudes against collectivization by in the Chlum municipality from 1948 until 1974 together with her husband Jaroslav Petrlík, by which she fulfilled the characteristics of the form of anti-communist resistance and opposition according to § 3, par. 4 of the Act No. 262/2011 Coll., despite being punished for it by the communist regime.

Ms. Stanislava Petrlíková together with her husband worked on the largest farm in the municipalityalone, without the help of other hired workers and her husband was repeatedly penalized for not meeting the supply obligation that was imposed on him. Penalties for not meeting the supply quota stopped in 1974, when based on Government Resolution No. 50/1955 Coll., on Certain Measures for Ensuring Agrarian Production, his whole farm was confiscated and given to the State Farm in Hlinsko. Mr. Jaroslav Petrlík was convicted several times and sentenced among others to custodial sentences. As a demonstration of resistance and opposition Ms. Stanislava Petrlíková during the time her husband served a sentence in 1958 refused to maintain the farm and left their common estate. For this she was put in custody and at the end of 1958 she was released.

The Ethics Commission appreciates the attitudes of Mr. and Ms. Petrlíkovi and found out that by his actions and with the support of his wife in the years from 1948 to 1974 Mr. Jaroslav Petrlík protected his property against collectivization and eventually its actual confiscation, when he repeatedly, resp. continuously stood out against (held a public opinion) against the forced collectivization of the country. This attitude was obviously continuous and long-term and in terms of its length and related sacrifices unique. Ms. Stanislava Petrlíková as his wife participated in his activities not only as a “passive spectator” and someone who has to endure the results of the other one’s actions, but she actively supported her husband and publicly stood out against the communist repression embodied by the convicting and sentencing of her husband in 1958. The Ethics Commission particularly appreciates the act of Stanislava Petrlíková when she in conflict with the practical values of the farmer class and traditional priorities in agriculture demonstrated her disapproval with her husband’s persecution by refusing to work on the family farm, even though they both were so strongly attached to it despite repeated punishment by the communist regime.

The Ethics Commission is convinced that the actions of Ms. Stanislava Petrlíková can be designated as public political and social attitudes held actively of her own free will, which opposed the onset and sustenance of the communist totalitarian regime and further states that her attitudes were of a public nature and in their substance were direct, obvious and provable acts of opposition to communism.

The Ethics Commission is of the opinion that Ms. Stanislava Petrlíková fulfilled the characteristics of the form of anti-communist resistance and opposition according to § 3, par. 4 of the Act No. 262/2011 Coll.