„VYVRÁTIT VŠECHNY PANIKY DRZÉ ŠEPTANDY“: PORTRÉTY PŘÍSLUŠNÍKŮ ODBORU MINISTERSTVA VNITRA PRO OCHRANU MAUZOLEA KLEMENTA GOTTWALDA
“To Rebut All Fuss of Insolent Grapevine”: Portraits of the Staff of the Ministry of the Interior Division for the Protection of the Klement Gottwald Mausoleum. The paper addresses the organization and staffing of a division which was created in December 1953 within the Czechoslovak Ministry of the Interior for a special purpose. It was the task of this unit to ensure security of Gottwald’s embalmed body both in terms of technical measures necessary for the preservation of the corpse in intact state, and in terms of rigorous guarding the “object” in the mausoleum as if the president were still alive. Following an introduction which describes the activity of the unit, its origins, structure, changes in staffing up to late 1956, as well as social and professional background of the staff in general, the article offers short CVs of 21 key members of the mausoleum personnel. These clearly show that popular rumours about the mausoleum workers, circulating in the country during the past sixty years, are entirely false.