To escape the Gestapo and the horrors of the war they hid in Javoříčko, which was burnt down by an SS commando unit on 5 May 1945
Milan Vlček was born on 27 January 1934 in Přerov. His mother Emílie Vlčková secretly distributed anti-Nazi leaflets during the war. An informant told on her and she spent several months in prison. When she came home half dead, she decided to find refuge in the village of Javoříčko in the secluded forests of the Bouzov Heights. She wanted to protect herself and her ten-year-old son from the Gestapo and the horrors of the war. But the peaceful village soon changed. In February 1945 members of the Jermak-Fursenko partisan brigade chose Javoříčko as one of their bases, and they started to cooperate with several of the local families. On 5 May 1945 the small village was surrounded by Lieutenant Egon Lüdemann‘s special operations SS commando unit. His men began systematically burning down the village‘s houses and murdering the men one group at a time. In this way they shot 38 men aged 15 to 75. That fateful day, Milan Vlček had left to buy meat from the butcher‘s in Luká, four kilometres away. He was almost shot on the way back. He hid in a concrete ring for several hours before returning to the burnt-down wreck of Javoříčko, where he met his mother and saw with his own eyes the atrocities perpetrated in the village. After the war the family returned to Olomouc, where Milan Vlček lived until 1990. He now lives in Moravská Huzová.