Klatovy - Hůrka
A hill above the town · Janovická 776, 339 01 Klatovy, Czech Republic
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Arrested on the Way for Apples

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On November 20, 1949, František Wiendl and his friend, Prantl, helped a group of seven people flee across the border. They borrowed a car large enough for a bigger group and the two of them set out from Klatovy. The group was to be picked in the village of Beňovy. Beforehand they prepared a story to cover up the purpose of their journey, namely that they wanted to get some apples. They picked up the group and accompanied them to Alois Suttý who took them across the border. Everything went according to the plan until the way back when they stopped at the traffic lights in Klatovy. Suddenly, their car was surrounded by members of the State Security who stopped them without any hesitations – they only wanted to know their names. Then they arrested them and transported them to prison. They had been betrayed.

František Wiendl

František Wiendl

František Wiendl was born on December 31, 1923, in Klatovy. His father, František Wiendl senior, was a carpenter. He was imprisoned by the Russians in the time of the First World War and he witnessed the October revolution of 1917 in Russia. This first-hand experience deeply influenced his family's stance towards Communism. During WWII, the father and the son got involved in the resistance activities against the Nazi occupants. František's father was a member of the resistance organization ÚVOD. Unlike his friends, he was lucky and wasn't revealed and arrested by the Germans. After the Germans burned down the village of Lidice, he founded his own resistance organization and named it Lidice to honor the memory of the village. His son was also involved in the organization. The bulk of the activities of the organization consisted of financial contributions to the families of those who had been arrested by the Nazis. They also distributed leaflets and gathered weapons and material that they wanted to use in the event of an uprising. The group later joined the greater organization Niva that received its instructions from the oversea Council of Three - an orginzation dedicated to maintaining contact with countries abroad. The uprising broke out at the very end of the war in May 1945. The resistance fighters disarmed the German soldiers in the city even before the advent of the American army. Mr. Wiendl became a mason and studied the technical college of construction in the time of the Protectorate. After the war (1945-1947), he did his basic military service and he attended a school for reserve officers. The rise of the Communists to power and the death of Jan Masaryk led the Wiendl family and their friends from the war to join the so-called "third resistance" against the Communists. At first, they focused mainly on writing anti-Communist slogans and distributing leaflets. Since April 1949, they had also been guiding fugitives across the border and were in touch with agent-walker Alois Suttý. The group was broken up in successive steps. At first, František Wiendl and a fellow associate were betrayed and arrested in November 1949. The rest of the group, including František Wiendl senior and agent Suttý, was arrested in the spring of 1950. The trial was held in December 1950. Agent Suttý was sentenced to death and executed, Mr. Wiendl senior was sentenced to 25 years in prison and Mr. Wiendl junior to 18 years in prison for treason. František Wiendl junior was imprisoned in the Jáchymov region, (Eliáš, Nikolaj, "L" in Vykmanov, Rovnost, camp "C"), and since 1956 in the Pankrác prison, where he worked in the project design department, drawing up proposals of state construction projects. He continued in this profession even after he was released in 1960 and he stuck with this job until his retirement. In the present day, he is active in the Sokol and in the Confederation of political prisoners. He is the president of the Confederation in Klatovy.

Klatovy - Hůrka

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In 1949 František Wiendl was arrested at crossroads under Hůrka on the outskirts of Klatovy.

Klatovy - Hůrka

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Arrested on the Way for Apples

Arrested on the Way for Apples

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