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Ashes of Czech PM Executed by Nazis Buried With Full Honors


The remains of former Czech Prime Minister Alois Elias were buried Sunday in Prague with full military honors, 64 years after his execution by the Nazis.

An urn containing Mr. Elias' ashes were placed next to his wife's ashes at the Vitkov National Memorial.

The Czech News Agency quotes current Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek as saying Mr. Elias died bravely like a soldier believing in the just judgment of history.

Mr. Elias became prime minister of the former Czechoslovakia shortly after the Nazi occupation in 1939.

He backed the Czech government in exile and supported the underground resistance against the Germans.

The Nazis executed him in June 1942 on charges of treason and espionage.

Czech communists, who took over the government in 1948, had accused him of collaborating with the Nazis and denied him state honors.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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