Death sentence against Zdeněk Hajek of July 23, 1943.
Zdeněk Hajek is born in Litomyšl on July 27, 1919. He attends primary school and vocational school and completes an apprenticeship as a mechanic. Zdeněk Hajek is married and has two small children. While his family stays in Prague, he works in Berlin. In January 1943, he is arrested with his friend Jaroslav Matyas for stealing rabbits and geese. On July 21, 1943, a few days before his 24th birthday, Hajek is sentenced to death by Special Court V, Berlin, for the theft. He is desperate. Without the proper means of a real chance of succeeding, he attempts to escape from jail in the night of July 26, 1943. He has freed himself from his bonds and is starting to open the window when he is surprised by the guard. His hands and feet bound, he spends two more weeks in maximum security confinement before he is murdered on September 7, 1943, in Plötzensee.
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