Prague memorial to Milada Horáková sparks controversy
Nearly 60 years after the Czech politician Milada Horáková was sentenced to death in a communist show trial and executed, the first memorial to honour her legacy was unveiled in Prague on Wednesday. But the new memorial has sparked controversy – some former political prisoners complain that among those who contributed to the monument are members of the party that had her murdered.
“We fundamentally disagree with the way in which this was handled. We requested a figural memorial to Milada Horáková from the state, in a central location of Prague. Also, you cannot get absolution from what happened by paying some 20,000 crowns to the memorial of a victim you destroyed.”
“We do realize what really happened in the fourth and fifth decade of the 20th century, and I hope that this lesson of history will be shared by other political parties. It’s very important to realize that law and legal culture is something more important than a mere instrument of state administration.”
“The Communist Party should first of all give up its ideology, or its core, which caused the tragedy not just in our country but elsewhere in central and Eastern Europe. But they have never done that publicly.”
The Confederation of Political Prisoners, as well as the Milada Horáková Club, an association dedicated to her legacy, say they will continue to push for a full figure statue to be erected in the centre of Prague.