Czechs behaved faultlessly in the war
Josef Jedlička was born on 5 January 1923 in Bukovany. After completing primary school he trained as a mechanic. When Germany annexed the Sudetes on 30 September 1938, he was forced to work in a factory in Mariánské Údolí (Marienthal) that produced grenades. He joined a group of resistance fighters based in Velká Bystřice and undertook sabotage. They sabotaged the production of ammunition at the factory. They boarded trains heading to the east front and wrecked military equipment. They were discovered while attempting to derail a train in front of the tunnel near Smilov. Josef Jedlička, Václav and Stanislav Mikolášek, and Bedřich Schneider attempted to escape to Slovakia. They shot a gendarme who arrested them in Valašské Meziříčí. Schneider was killed on the run and Stanislav was caught and hanged by the Gestapo. Josef and Václav reached the 1st Czechoslovak Partisan Brigade of Jan Žižka. They managed to acquire a large amount of explosives from a mine near Krakořice. They used the explosives to blow up trains and transmission towers. Josef and his group also procured arms and equipment for the brigade. After the war, in 1945-1947, he underwent basic military service in Jeseník. His company was tasked with escorting transports of deported Germans to Furth im Wald. Since 1949 he has been working at the Crime Department of Public Security (the police force), where he worked as an investigator of thefts in Olomouc Region. In 1959 he was employed as a director of the customs office in Olomouc, where he worked until his retirement. In the second half of the 1980s his son Jiří Jedlička made a failed attempt to fly over the borders to Austria. Josef was tried in connection to the event and sentenced to two years of prison for “assisting departure from the country”. He was rehabilitated after the 1989 revolution. He lives in Olomouc.