„ZODPOVÍDAJÍ ZA CELKOVOU PÉČI O BEZVADNÝ STAV TĚLA S. K.G.“: PŘEDÁNÍ BALZAMOVANÉHO TĚLA KLEMENTA GOTTWALDA ČESKOSLOVENSKÝM ODBORNÍKŮM
“They Are Responsible for the Overall Care for the Flawless State of Comrade KG’s Body”: The Handover of Klement Gottwald’s Embalmed Body to Czechoslovak Specialists. This paper deals with the handover of Klement Gottwald’s preserved cadaver from Soviet to Czechoslovak hands in February 1955. It shows how the issue of long-term care for the corpse was handled by several departments of the Party and state administration during 1954 and early 1955, offers brief CVs of the Czechoslovak physicians in charge of the body’s conservation, and provides an edition of two key documents related to the assignment of Gottwald’s body to them. It thereby contributes to the study of the early history of Communist mausolea and further dispels popular rumours about the allegedly improper embalming and subsequent decay of Gottwald’s body.