“The routine of the Gestapo and the Nazi justice was at that time such, that the person, who was in a direct contact with the parachutists, was beforehand sentenced to liquidation.”
Mr Slavomít Klaban was born on 24th August 1922 in Hradec Králové. His father František Klaban was a leading representative of the social democrats in the Hradec Králové region at the time between the wars. Slavomír Klaban studied a teacher institute and worked in several schools in Hradec Králové and surroundings. During the war his whole family participated in the resistance activity, Slavomír Klaban was active in the Defence of the Nation group from autumn 1939 till the year 1941, his father was arrested in 1941 because of his activity in this organization. In 1944 Mr Slavomír Klaban was the first one who helped the parachutists from the operation Barium after their descent. Due to contacts to them he was taken into custody by the Gestapo in October 1944. He was kept in prison first in Hradec Králové, later in the Little Fortress of Terezín, where he stayed in the so called death cell. Fortunately, before the execution the war was finished. After the war he refused to enter the Czechoslovak Communist Party, at the end of 1980s he participated actively in the restoration of the social democracy, in 1990 he became its honorary chairman.