Memory of Nation


Mgr. Petr Čapek (1936)

Mgr. Petr Čapek (1936)
There is no easy advise to survive totalitarian power

Meeting Božena Komárková

“She was thinking about the historical question, she was a philosopher. She belongs in the circle of the educated people such as Milan Balabán, Ladislav Hejdánek, Šimsa and some others with whom she was in dialogue. Professor Souček… they had mutual respect for one another with Patočka. And, for instance, the weekend in Jircháře, that was the home of students, double lectures by Jan Patočka and J. B. Souček on the state of philosophy and theology. She never compromised herself, she was very modest, nice, sympathetic. And she had clear ideas about the church-political matters. Then she became a Chartist, it was around her that the Charter was drafted. She lectured with us at Žižkov, even at my brother’s, my brother served for some time as a parson in Sázava u Ždáru, there, too, she lectured on Toleration Decree and matters of freedom. We respected her very much.”

  • Born on December 26, 1936, in Prague
  • Father and grandfather both parsons of the Czech Brethren Church
  • Uncles the literary scholar Jan Blahoslav Čapek and philosopher Milíč Čapek
  • Studied Evangelical Theological Faculty
  • Parson in Mariánské Lázně, Merklín and Děčín
  • Worked with theologians of the Nová orientace circle
  • Monitored by the Secret Police, repeatedly interrogated
  • His approval for carrying out the spiritual service was withdrawn temporaly; he made his living as a labourer in a rubber factory and by distributing beer,
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