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Život a dílo Miloše Knorra
The life and work of Miloš Knorr

Author(s): Libor Svoboda
Subject(s): History
Published by: Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů

Summary/Abstract: Miloš Knorr ranks among the legendary figures of the struggle against totalitarian regimes. A soldier who took part in fighting against the Nazis remained faithful to his conviction after the war, and after the communist takeover in Czechoslovakia in particular. He left his homeland in May 1948 for Austria in order to join the struggle against the communist regime that was coming to power in his country. As a high-ranking intelligence officer he was in charge of hundreds of political refugees. His task was to disclose State Security agents among them, and to earmark possible future collaborators of American secret services and their Czech colleagues. He organized actions of agents and planned and provided for the functioning of the Czechoslovak intelligence service in emigration. He engaged himself in intelligence activity with the hope that the communist regime would certainly fall within several years, yet his desire did not come true. In the mid-1950s he asked to be relieved of service and commenced the life of an ordinary civilian. Miloš Knorr died on July 1, 2008, at the age of almost 90 years. Libor Svoboda’s article is aimed at paying respect to this man.

  • Issue Year: II/2008
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 44-54
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech