The Senate has once again added the Masin brothers, who escaped to the West from Czechoslovakia in 1953, to its list of personalities to be taken into consideration by Czech president Václav Klaus for the country’s highest honor, the Order of the White Lion. Among this year’s 21 candidates for the honor are television director František Filip and World War II pilot Josef Bernat. The Masin brothers have been nominated for the Order of the White Lion five times but have never actually received it.
Critics of the group around the Masin brothers, one of the few to resist the Communists, committing acts of sabotage, consider the two brothers murderers. In the course of their dramatic escape, they shot a policeman. The group also killed a wages clerk and two StB secret police officers during earlier robberies of arms stores.