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Corporal Miloslav Šafrán (1924) - Biography


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Not to let any group - be it fascists or communists - terrorize the nation again and bring it to the same situation as it happened to us

Miloslav Šafrán was born December 7th 1924 in Mokré Lazce. Due to his year of birth he was sent to do forced labour (Totaleinsatz) in Germany in 1942, among other places in Stuttgart, Essen, or Kassel. At the end of the war in 1945 he escaped back to Czechoslovakia, to the Těšín region, where he joined a Czechoslovak brigade which formed a fraction of the Red Army. He was trained as a machine-gunner in the T 34 tank and he took part in attacks against the German soldiers, so-called Werwolf units, in the Bruntál region. He left the army on March 15th 1947. In 1949 he made a complaint against the cancellation of his mother's legionnaire's pension, which she was receiving after the death of her husband. Šafrán was sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment for high treason, he was interned for 11 years, nine of which were spent in the uranium mines in Bytíz and Jáchymov. He was rehabilitated in 1960.

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