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MUDr. Milan Prokeš (1931) - Biography

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We lived in constant fear

Milan Prokeš was born on May 11, 1931 in Zábřeh. The family left this border town after the occupation by the Nazi Germany in 1938 and they relocated to Brodek u Přerova. His uncle Květoslav Prokeš joined the resistance movement during the war and after his escape abroad he fought in Czechoslovak and French units against the Nazis. After February 1948 he organized a resistance group which wanted to overthrow the existing political regime and restore a democratic government in the country through a military coup d'état. A day before the planned operation he was arrested by the StB and on November 5, 1949 executed in the Pankrác prison in Prague. In relation to this case, Milan's father was sentenced to ten years of imprisonment and his brother to a one-year prison sentence. Milan was expelled from the university and he spent the following two years in the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP). After his return from military service he managed to complete his studies at the Faculty of Medicine at Palacký University in Olomouc and for more than forty-five years he then worked as a dentist in the University Hospital in Olomouc. In 1961 he married Helena Svatošová, and a year later they had son Milan and after another four years their son Tomáš was born. Tomáš emigrated to West Germany in 1987. After the fall of the communist regime, Milan was active in the Union of the Auxiliary Technical Battalions for many years and he also served as a member of its central committee. He was awarded for this by the Cross of Merit (3rd class) of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic in 2016. In 2017 he was still living in Brodek u Přerova.

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