Milada Horáková: Defender of Democracy Against Totalitarianism in Czechoslovakia

Author
Greg Ross
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL)
Abstract
On the 23rd of August, the City of Buenos Aires observes the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarianism. The life of Czech activist Milada Horáková is emblematic of the fight against various forms of totalitarianism. Horáková, detained by the Nazis in a concentration camp and later executed by communists in Czechoslovakia, was posthumously awarded the honor of the First Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk by Czech president Václav Havel in 1991. It is the Czech government’s highest recognition of citizens who have dedicated their lives to democratic and humanitarian causes. Horáková’s story was recently highlighted in «Milada», a 2017 Czech-American film distributed by Netflix.
Topic
Authoritarianism, Democracy, State Violence, Violence, Dictatorship, Totalitarianism
Political Geography
Europe, Czech Republic