Eventually today, the 7th of August 2007, the communal pear tree from old Lidice has been pronounced as a protected tree.
Today is the day which we have been waiting for but which Anna Peková nor my mum Anna Nešporová unfortunately did not get to live for. It would have made them happy!
I put forward an application to Kladno’s Magistrates’ environmental department
to pronounce the communal pear tree from old village Lidice as a protected
tree. It is one of the few fruit trees which survived the wipe out of Lidice.
was “a lot” written about the pear tree, it was even mentioned in a TV
serial about protected trees in which you could also see a picture of Lidice’s
church by which I have measured where the pear tree was.
From today the pear tree is a protected tree just like the Oak
of prince Oldřich in Peruc, or Saint
Wenceslav's oak in Stochov, or Žižka's
lime tree in Krčín by Nové Město nad Metují.
Though it is not as old as the named trees, its existence has great importance for our society.
| In spite of the
senseless atrocious destruction by the German fascists, they did not manage
to destroy all the fruit trees in Lidice.
the pear tree live for the future generations of Lidice’s pilgrims and
give its heritage of life strength whilst blooming in the spring.
If only it could
Mrs. Anna Peková, neé Stříbrná lived in house number 100. She returned
from a concentration camp after the war but lost her husband Josef
and eight year old son Antonín, who was killed in Chelmno.
Mrs. Peková used to call her son “Tóďa”
She remarried and
had more children after the war and lived in number 37.
Mr. Vaclav Vandrle was born in Lidice and lived in number 60 until 10th of June 1942, when he was shot together with the rest of the men in
From 1932 he was
the village policeman. He was married and had two sons, the eldest was
Vaclav and Josef was the youngest. Vaclav was
Mrs. Josefa Vandrlová, wife of Mr. Vaclav Vandrle returned from the concentration camp. She lived in new Lidice in number 24.
here for map positioning.
Written for Zpravodaj 7.8.2007 Antonn Nešpor photography and repro photography archive.