Strnadova, Irena (b. 1920) A Collection of Twenty-five Documents Related to her Activities in the Resistance to the Nazi Occupation of
Strnadova, Irena (b. 1920) A Collection of Twenty-five Documents Related to her Activities in the Resistance to the Nazi Occupation of Czechoslovakia. Original manuscript documents, typed documents, original carbons, and forms, including three photographs (one of Irena, one of her brother, Arnost Lorenz and his wife, Marketa Baumgartnerova on their wedding day, and one of an unidentified member of the Gestapo), disability records, and witness statements, and others; all documents in Czech accompanied by an English translation.
Irena Strnadova was arrested by the Gestapo on December 10, 1942, for her involvement with the underground illegal Czech resistance publication, Rudého Práva (Red Privilege). She was also connected to the group Svet proti Hitlerovi (The World Against Hitler). Her brother and his wife Marketa were held at Prague Pankrác, where Marketa was executed by the Gestapo on May 30, 1942. Her brother Arnost was executed by the Nazis at the Theresienstadt concentration camp on May 30, 1944. Irena was sent from Prague Pankrác to a concentration camp she identifies as Osvecina, and then transferred to Ravensbruck concentration camp. She was held until May 2, 1945, when she was released.
"During the Nazi German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939-1945, the German Gestapo "investigation" (i.e. torture) unit as well as German Nazi "Court" were established at Prague Pankrác Remand Prison. The Czech prison guards were replaced by Waffen SS members. Thousands of Czech people, from members of the Resistance to alleged black marketeers, were detained here before being sent to execution sites, to other prisons within Nazi Germany or to concentration camps. The prison capacity was boosted to 2,200, and it became the largest prison in the occupied country. In spring 1943 the Nazi Germans started carrying out executions directly inside the facility itself, where three cells had been adapted for this purpose." (Wikipedia)
One of the Gestapo officers identified by Irena by name for his brutality against her brother and sister-in-law was Hermann Zander (b. 1910). He was executed on April 22, 1947 for his involvement in execution and torture at Prague Pankrác.
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