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Czechs in Harstad and Trondenes in the Estate of Ladislav Moravec


The last visit from the 10-day journey for the descendants of the deployed led to Eastern Bohemia. The son of Ladislav Moravec lives in Borohrádek in the district of Rychnov nad Kněžnou. In the family house, after his father, he preserves an extensive photographic and written legacy from the war behind the Arctic Circle. Ladislava Moravec, originally from Rohozná near Boskovice, was assigned to work in Norway at the beginning of 1943. His journey led to Narvik, where he and 15 other Czechoslovaks were assigned to an assembly company. They worked mainly in Harstad and Trondenes.

The estate contains a diary entry of the journey from the protectorate to Trondheim, a memorial with a dedication from friends and a number of period forms - postcards, tourist brochures and two hundred period photographs. They show places and workplaces, group and individual portraits and moments. Some of the pictures are from the period after the liberation in Narvik, when the Czechs waited for many weeks for repatriation. Another part of the pictures consists of purchased photographs documenting the naval battle of Narvik from 1940 (torsos of planes, sunken ships, destroyed buildings, etc.).

We thank Mr. Moravec and his wife for a warm welcome and providing research materials.

In the family archive, Borohrádek.


Edited by: Vendula V. Hingarová

Filozofická fakulta
Univerzita Karlova
nám. Jana Palacha 1/2
116 38 Praha 1