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Nun, veteran among Czechs to be awarded on Oct 28

ČTK |
27 October 2011

Prague, Oct 26 (CTK) - Czech veteran Jan Velik and nun Anna Magdalena Schwarzova are among those to be decorated by President Vaclav Klaus on the occasion of establishment of the independent Czechoslovak state (1918) on October 28, Tyden.cz server writes Wednesday.

Retired colonel Velik, who is to be presented with the highest decoration, the Order of the White Lion, told Tyden.cz that he has already received an invitation.

Velik went over to the Soviet military in World War Two. He joined the Czechoslovak independent parachute brigade at his own request and took part in all combat actions in the liberation of his homeland.

In 1949, one year after the communists seized power in Czechoslovakia, he was dismissed from the military and earned his living as a manual worker until the communist regime fell in 1989.

The StB state secret police persecuted his family during the normalisation period that started after the Soviet-led invasion crushed the Prague Spring 1968 reform movement.

"We know that she is to be decorated. She is already on her way to Prague," the convent in Cracow, Poland, where Schwarzova lives, confirmed for the server.

Schwarzova, a member of the Barefoot Carmelites, is to receive the Medal of Merit for her work for Catholic dissidents.

The medal is also to be given to Martin Hilsky who published the translation of Shakespeare's complete work this year.

He was also awarded with the State Award for Translation Wednesday.

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