The Sochor Monument – a tragedy below Stohánek
A monument dedicated to the memory of Czechoslovak Army Major General Antonín Sochor, who was injured here in an car accident in 1950.
Antonín Sochor, who was severely injured in an unexplained car accident in 1950, later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital in Jablonné v Podještědí. During the Second World War, Sochor had escaped many dangerous situations, but unfortunately he met his fate here, in the beautiful countryside among rocks where he was inspecting the training of a special unit.
Who was Antonín Sochor? A Second World War hero, Czechoslovak soldier, holder of the Order of the White Lion, as well as the order of Hero of the Soviet Union and seven other orders and fourteen decorations of five different states. What happened below Stohánek in 1950? In the night of 15 to 16 August 1950 there was a crash of a military paratrooper lorry and the staff car of Lieutenant Colonel Sochor. Sochor suffered severe head injuries and died on 16 August in the hospital in Jablonné v Podještědí. His death is still shrouded in mystery. Many people were and still are convinced that it was not an accident, but a carefully planned assassination, because he became uncomfortable for some powerful people of the new regime. The funeral of the deceased was held on Monday, 21 August 1950, at 4 p.m., as a procession from the Liberation Monument in Prague-Žižkov to the crematorium in Prague-Strašnice, where the remains of the deceased were cremated.
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