Jabloneček – from a church to a missile base
Few places tell so much about the dramas of the 20th century as Jabloneček – come and explore recent history.
What can you see? Two buildings of the former village – Czech and German schools, the remains of the church and the walls of houses, buried cellars and wells, old fruit trees. In 1930 the village of Jablonec (commonly called Jabloneček) had 314 inhabitants, including children (of which 18 were Czechoslovaks, 295 Germans and one person of a different nationality). The centre of the village was in front of the German school, which still exists. Nearby was a little pond with linden trees planted around, and on the hill above the village square was the palatial baroque Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Its steps apparently provided a beautiful view of the surrounding area; the current landscape is much more overgrown. The last service was held there on the occasion of the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary on 8 September 1947. Then it was blasted by the army. After 1945 the German population was displaced, and the village was depopulated. In 1947 the Ralsko military training area was established, from 1968 used by the Soviet army. Jabloneček gradually became one of the most heavily guarded places, because a missile base with support for nuclear warheads was built there.
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