Jan Valenta collection
The Jan Valenta collection contains documents regarding the detention and execution of Jan Valenta, a Colonel in the Czech army and active participant in the Czech resistance organization, Obrana Národa (“Defense of the Nation”). Comprised in this collection are three pieces of correspondence written by Jan during his incarceration. This includes a postcard to his children dispensing parental advice, a postcard to his brother requesting a toothbrush, soap, and toothpaste, and a letter written to his children on the day of his execution, which was reportedly smuggled out of the prison and delivered after the war in 1945. Also among these papers is correspondence denying Jan’s son Vladimir visitation privileges and one letter denying Jan’s family his military pension and benefits. Two pages of the newspaper, "Lidove Noviny" reporting Jan’s death is also included.
1 oversize folder
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