Victims of Communist regime honoured in Prague

Several now elderly people who were persecuted by the Communist regime were honoured with the Memory of Nations award at Prague’s National Theatre on Friday night in one of a number of events marking Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day. The award went to former political prisoners František Suchý, Mária Matejčíková and priest František Lízna, as well as to Otto Šimko, a Holocaust survivor who was repeatedly persecuted because of his Jewish origins.

The Memory of Nations award has been presented annually since 2010 by the non-profit organisation Post Bellum, which records and makes accessible interviews with victims of the Nazi and Communist regimes.