|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1908|
|Death: ||Sep. 5, 1942|
Urged by Bishop Gorazd, Dr. Petřek went to Yugoslavia in 1924, to study at the Theological Academy in Sremska Karlovica. Successively, he continued his studies at the Theological Faculty in Belgrade, which he ended in 1933. After returning to Czechoslovakia, he completed mandatory military service in Kroměřiž.
In September 1934, he was elected Chaplain at the Church of Cyril and Methodius in Prague and ordained to the Priesthood by the named Bishop Gorazd. In 1937, he submitted his dissertation at the Hus Theological Faculty in Prague obtaining his Doctorate in Theology. From the beginning of the Nazi Occupation in Czechoslovakia, he was involved in the resistance against the Nazis. He took part in hiding persecuted individuals and obtained baptismal certificates for Jewish compatriots, which was to protect them from persecution.
Under the pressure of the raids following the assassination of Deputy Reich Protector, Reinhard Heydrich, all seven paratroopers staying in Prague eventually sought refuge in the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius, which during the Occupation was known as St. Charles Borromeo in Resslova Street in Prague. Josef Bublík, Josef Gabčík, Jan Hrubý, Jan Kubiš, Adolf Opálka, Jaroslav Švarc and Josef Valčík, fought heroically until their deaths on June 18, 1942.
For having helped these patriots, Father Petřek underwent a "public" trial together with other fellow members of the Orthodox Church who cooperated in the hiding of paratroopers: Jan Sonnevend, Václav Čikl, Vladimír Petřek, and Bishop Gorazd. The verdict was prepared in advance. Václav Čikl, Bishop Gorazd, and Jan Sonnevend were executed in Kobylisy on September 4, 1942, at 2.35 pm., Dr. Petřek a day later. On September 26, 1942, based on its "treasonable activity," the Orthodox Church was disbanded, and its property was confiscated.
In the 1975 movie "Operation Daybreak", Father Petřek was portrayed by the late British actor, Cyril Shaps (1923 - 2003).
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