JUDr. Ing. VLADIMÍR KOTINSKÝ
JUDr. Ing. VLADIMÍR KOTINSKÝ got involved in resistance activities at the beginning of the occupation, in the Sokol resistance organisation in the Tišnov area, which supplied military news to the organisation Defence of the Nation in Brno and supported partisan units operating in the forests of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. He is a laureate of the Distinguished Service Cross, Third Class.
He was born on 5 March 1922. During the War, he was sent to do forced labour in an aircraft engine factory in Germany. After sabotages, he attempted to flee to the Yugoslav partisans, but was arrested. Subsequently, the Gestapo sent him to the Dachau concentration camp. There, he joined the work of the Czechoslovak National Committee of Czech political prisoners. After the liberation of Dachau, he volunteered in the camp hospital led by US troops. He was active in the suppression of the typhoid epidemic.
He has worked in resistance organisations since 1946 to this day; he defended the work of resistance members from Prague 2, especially in the social sphere. He was also a member of the Central Committee and Presidium of the ČSBS. After November 1989, he was elected the chairman of a district committee of ČSBS and has been elected to that position repeatedly to this day. In specialised journals, he publishes articles about his experience from his work and is the author of the publication “Prague 2 and the Prague Uprising of May 1945”.