The Petschek Palace
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May 1939 a managing office was formed out of the headquarters of the operation
group I with thier seat in the Petschek Palace. In summer 1939 SS Sturmbannfűhrer
Dr. Hans Ulrich Geschke became their chief. In a short time he formed a
network of outdoor branch-offices in Bohemia. The fight against the growing
Czech national liberation movement was lead by the headquarters in Prague,
especially against the illegal Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (CPC)
which from the very beginning fough against the criminal occupation and
proclaimed a decisive fight against the Nazis.
The Prague executive office
did not fulfit the tasks of the Central Office only, but at the same time
the leading part of the office for Prague and its nearest vicinity. That
is why Gestapo carried out a number of adjustments in the Petschek Palace.
In the basement they established several cells, so that it was not necessary
to transfer the interrogated to the police prison again and again.
In the so-called "home-prison", which later on J. Fučík called so typically
"cinema". The examinees were sitting for hours unmovable on wooden benches
under the supervision of Gestapo or they were standing near the wall waiting
either for the interrogation of for transport into prison.
offices of Gestapo in Prague and Brno issued orders for the subordinate
outdoor offices to carry out further mass arrestations in connection with
the beginning of the war against Poland. The action called Albrecht
I began in the morning on September 1st, 1939. About 2000 hostages
from Czech countries were sent to concentration camps in Buchenwald and
of an extensive terror the Czech revolt strengthened. On the 28th od Ostober
1939 our people made public their resistance against the occupants all
over the Czech countries. The biggest demonstrations arose in Prague.
There were collissions with Gestapo on Wenceslas Square and in all neighbouring
streets, groups of SS and SA made even use of against the demonstrationists.
The miner Václav Sedláček
was shot down and on the 11th of November 1939 even the student Jan Opletal
succumbed to his serious injuries. About 400 persons were sent to prison,
part of them had to go through the Petschek Palace, others the prisons
of Gestapo on Pankrác od Charles' square.