Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Eduard 'Hroznýš' Marek

Eduard Marek was born in 1917 in Prague. In 1936, he joined the first TGM aviation regiment as a volunteer, and after demobilization in 1939, he took over the management of the family real estate office. During the war, he was imprisoned for three months for helping a Jewish friend, illegally worked in the scouts, and participated in the Prague Uprising.

After the war, he restored his real estate office and led the Junák section. After the communist putsch in February 1948, he co-founded a resistance group, the following year he was arrested and sentenced to ten years for anti-state activity, he was released seven years later.

His wife was sentenced along with him, their then five-year-old son ended up in an institution in Počernice.

Marek was a lifelong scout. He maintained the movement's ideas even during the long years when scouting was banned in the Czech lands.

For many years, Hroznýš was an active visitor to camps, educational courses and other scouting events, where he inspired younger generations with his life story, insight and incredible energy. In 2019, Czech scouts also presented his story at the World Scout Jamboree in the USA.

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