Silver medal National Heroes - Josef Toufar proof
The Czech Mint gradually introduces patriots, philosophers, soldiers, journalists, artists, politicians, students and priests in series entitled National Heroes. The silver medal was dedicated to Josef Toufar.
The parish priest Josef Toufar from Číhošť is one of the best known victims of communist terror. The cross on the altar moved during worship on December 11, 1949 and the worshipers believed it to be a warning of communist ideology or even a prediction of the end of the ruling regime. The rumors of a miracle spread quickly, and the Communists began to gain a dangerous international dimension. The Good Father, who did not even notice the movement of the cross, was arrested by the State Security, accused of fraud, brutally interrogated, forced to admit that he was an agent of the "treacherous Vatican", and finally tortured to death. The so-called Čihošť miracle then attempted to abuse the regime to discredit the Catholic Church. However, it failed, and Josef Toufar can await beatification soon. “Toufar shows us that every honest priest can become a true hero and martyr. Have you ever experienced so unbearable pain that literally takes your mind off? I have, a few times in my life. The torture of Joseph Toufar must have been even worse. It was enough to sign, to admit, "Yes, I was an agent of the Vatican, I arranged everything. «He did not. Here is the greatness, the heroism of P. Joseph Toufar, and that is why we are talking about the martyr, not just the passive victim of Bolshevik terror, ” Cardinal Dominik Duka says.
“The composition of the obverse side is dominated by a portrait of Josef Toufar inspired by a photograph, on which the pastor, with a slightly lowered eyes, leaves his native house for his first holy mass. The proof inscription shows I FOLLOWED YOUR VOICE, LORD - part of the motto that Toufar wrote down in the "blue booklet". In the background on the right side there is a cross. The inscription on the left side bears the place and year of birth of priest ARNOLEC 1902, the first name JOSEF and the letter P., which stands for his title. The surname TOUFAR, spread from shoulder to chest, symbolizes the size and strength of his faith, ” academic sculptor Jiří Dostál explains. “The matt reverse side is dominated by a cross with the text 672 HOURS OF TORTURE BY THE COMMUNIST WILL TO DEATH † 1950 PRAGUE. In the background, there is an obliquely inclined cross that commemorates the event of Toufar's sermon in Číhošť. The bursting wave with the text BURIED IN ČÍHOŠŤ 2015 resembles a box with Toufar's remains that are stored in the local temple, ” the medal author adds.
An integral part of the medal is the spectacular packaging that contains an expert treatise of Czech expert historian PhDr. Petr Koura, Ph.D. You can store the complete National Heroes series into a practical collector´s box.