Funeral of war hero General Zdeněk Škarvada held in Ostrava
Politicians, veterans and members of the public gathered in Ostrava on Tuesday to pay their last respects to Brigadier General Zdeněk Škarvada, who died last week at the age of 95. General Škarvada, who flew with the RAF, was one of the country’s last surviving war heroes. He was captured by the Nazis in 1942 and was held in several prisoner-of-war camps before surviving a 1,000 km death march. After the Communist coup in 1948 he was demoted and forced to work in mines. General Škarvada received a number of decorations for valour.