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Ctirad Masin passes away

Czech resistance fighter Ctirad Masin passed away after a long fight with a grave illness on August 13 in Ohio. In the 1950s, he and his brother were among a group that led an armed resistance movement against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

Prime Minister Necas reacted to this news: "He was a very courageous man. His courage was what I admired him for. He proved his heroism by his resistance to the totalitarian regime which deprived our country of freedom for several decades. He proved his courage despite facing grave danger. His fate belongs among those that we should remember in order to come to terms with our history."

Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg also made a statement: "I am deeply touched. It is sad that this courageous fighter could not return to his homeland.... The saddest thing is that there were who did not understand and and denounced them. I am sorry about that."

From The Wall Street Journal:

Czech Anti-Communist and Freedom Fighter Dies

From The New York Times:

Ctirad Masin, Anti-Communist Saboteur, Is Dead at 81

Barbara Masin, daughter of Ctirad´s brother Josef, wrote a book about the life story of the brothers in 2006:

Gauntlet : five friends, 20,000 enemy troops, and the secret that could have changed the course of the Cold War