The Escape from Leopoldov

Implementation: 2015–2018

Head of project: Jaroslav Rokoský

Description of project: The project draws on archival research and maps the escape of resistance members from the most feared prison in the ČSR, which took place on 2 January 1952. It will focus on the main actors and their specific resistance activities. Attention is given to court trials in which they were sentenced to many years of imprisonment as well as to the preparation of the escape and the escape itself. The project looks into the response of the prison and security forces, the course of the escape and the different fate of the resistance members. The outcomes will include two expert studies that will be presented in specialized periodicals and a monograph called Útěk z Leopoldova (The Escape from Leopoldov).