Emanuel Moravec (1893–1945) was a Czech army officer and writer who
collaborated with Nazi Germany as the minister of education of the
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia between 1942 and 1945. He was also
chair of the Board of Trustees for the Education of Youth, a fascist
youth organisation in the protectorate. In World War I, Moravec served
in the Austro-Hungarian Army, but following capture by the Russians he
changed sides, first joining Russian-backed Serbian forces and then the
Czechoslovak Legion. During the interwar period he commanded an infantry
battalion in the Czechoslovak Army. As a proponent of democracy during
the 1930s, Moravec appealed for armed action against Germany and scorned
German demands for the Sudetenland, but after their occupation of the
rump Czechoslovakia, he became an enthusiastic collaborator, realigning
his political worldview towards fascism. He killed himself in the final
days of World War II. (Full article...).
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Under what torments inwardly I groane; While they adore me on
the Throne of Hell, With Diadem and Scepter high advanc’d The lower
still I fall, onely Supream In miserie; such joy Ambition findes. But
say I could repent and could obtaine By Act of Grace my former state;
how soon Would highth recal high thoughts, how soon unsay What
feign’d submission swore: ease would recant Vows made in pain, as
violent and void. For never can true reconcilement grow Where wounds
of deadly hate have peirc’d so deep: Which would but lead me to a
worse relapse And heavier fall: so should I purchase deare Short
intermission bought with double smart.