Hungarian soldiers who died fighting German troops towards the end of the second world war in southern Czechia were commemorated in a ceremony at Zlata Koruna on Monday.
Representatives of the local government, the Hungarian embassy in Prague, as well as the Association of Hungarians in Czech Republic (CSMMSZ) laid wreaths at a local monument and at the place where five Hungarian soldiers were buried in 1945.
Hungarian soldiers arrived at Zlata Koruna in 1945, ordered there by Hungary’s Nazi government. They then cooperated with Czech resistance fighters, however, supplying them with weapons. They were killed during a conflict with an SS unit over command of a bridge.
The representatives of CSMMSZ and the Hungarian embassy also paid their tribute to the tombs of two further Hungarian soldiers, executed by the SS, at nearby Tyn nad Vltavou.
Featured image: illustration, cemetery at Větřní, Český Krumlov District, South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic – gravestone of WWII victims. Source: Wikimedia Commons/Czeva
Fascinating! Russian Liberation Army troops who had previously fought with the Nazis against the Soviets, also turned against the Nazis and helped the Czech resistance drive them out of Prague. They were commanded by General Sergey Bunyachenko. This was the culmination of their frustration against the Nazis. The Russian Liberation Army was never really supported by the Nazis until near the end of the war, when it was clear Germany was losing. It’s commander, General Andrey Vlasov, along with Bunyachenko and other top commanders, was taken to Moscow. As would be expected, they were tortured, tried, and executed. Solzhenitsyn describes this in ” Gulag Archipelago.”