National Socialist politician Milada Horáková studied law, worked in the women’s movement, and was a member of social associations. During the Nazi occupation, she joined the resistance, the Nazis sent her to prison for eight years, and as Kánská recalls, Gestapo investigators (as well as later members of the StB) were already irritated by Horáková with her nobility, intelligence and knowledge of speech.
“She was a strong man. If you are talking to someone who is strong, honest, informed and unfamiliar in your beliefs, you have to bow your head to a certain extent, ”says the politician’s daughter, who has lived in the United States since the late 1960s.
She couldn’t stay away
She lost her mother at the age of sixteen when the politician and intellectual were sent to death by the communist judiciary in a fabricated trial; Milada Horáková died in the morning of June 27, 1950, after being convicted of alleged high treason and espionage.
The prosecutor’s office called her a “criminal organizer of a sabotage conspiracy,” which, however, was entirely fictional – and although Kánská and her grandfather wrote a pardon to then-President Klement Gottwald, Horáková herself did not ask for mercy because she “did not want to give in. that she would ask for mercy devalued what she was fighting for. “
According to Kánská, intransigence and honesty were among the mother’s distinctive qualities throughout her life. “As a girl, she was willing to be expelled from school for her opinions, so that she could help people, got into an underground movement in the war, was locked up in German camps, and escaped death,” says Kánská. “Such a person cannot stay away, and that is why she has cooperated with people who tried to make the people of the world prosper, and for the political freedom of Czechoslovakia.”
“It is not forgiven”
Kánská cannot forgive the murder of his mother for the cruel fifties. “Individuals can be forgiven. All that happened was the horror of the time, the horror of communist domination over a very intelligent and economically high-quality nation and state. That is not forgiven. Because I can never forgive the communist regime for what it did to my mother or what it did to the whole nation, “she said on ČT24.
On an intimate level, he admits that seventy years after his parents’ death, he “dulls many things”, but the thought of the deceased mother is not only returned to the anniversary, which – as he says – the Czechia needs to commemorate, but also in moments of life, trouble or joy. And according to her, she is still trying to follow the recommendation that her mother addressed to her in a letter from the Pankrác prison, which she could not read until 1990.
“My main goal is to always be honest and fair and not to do something to people that I don’t like people to do to me,” adds the daughter of a woman sent to death by the Communists.