Karel Pavlík


Karel Pavlík

Karel Pavlík (19 October 1900 Hradové Střímelice - 26 January 1943 Mauthausen) was a Czechoslovak captain, later colonel posthumously and decorated hero of Czechoslovakia.

Captain Pavlík was a leader of the company that resisted the German occupants. On 14th March 1939 when German troops started occupation of Czechoslovakia Pavlík was a captain of twelve company of 8th infantry division housed in Czajanek's barracks in Místek.

After the heroic battle captain Pavlík was forced to surrender. Nearly after the occupation Pavlík joined the resistance. He begun his illegal activities against Germans with the group "Za Vlast" ("For the country") that helped Czechoslovaks pilots to run across the borders. Then he moved to Prague where he joined resistance group "Obrana národa" ("Nation defense") and cooperated with Václav Morávek. After the betrayal of Ladislav Vaněk in the group "Jindra" Pavlík was captured by Gestapo and later sent to Mauthausen and after the torturing questioning he was shot. His body was never found and his symbolic grave is in Kostelec nad Černými lesy.

External links

* [http://www.army.cz/avis/vojenske_rozhledy/2000_2/pavlik1.htm Captain Pavlík on pages of Ministry of defense]


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