I express my thanks and gratitude to the town of Jilemnice,
since it has invested me with the highest honor a mother – city
can give to its native son. The fact that I love Jilemnice is my
smallest merit, for we all love it the same – and whoever has once
come out of this town, will return there despite all obstacles and
ambushes of the world and fate, even against his will and nothing
can hinder him from that except his death.
I will bear the badge of an honorable citizen of Jilemnice
proudly and joyfully, aware not only of the high honor but also
of the obligation I take upon me and which shall speak in my
I am happy to receive the honorary citizenship as a
precious gift from the hands of representatives of a new,
resurrected and free Jilemnice, which now awaits so much joyful
constructive work, but also so many difficulties and so much
misunderstanding coming from hardship.
At the time of humiliation and oppression it held its
head proudly, do not let it become haughty during the years
of prosperity it is heading for.
May Jilemnice emerge from the fire of national revolution
rejuvenated and even more beautiful than it used to be. More
beautiful not only through its stone body, but also through
the spirit and hearts of its citizens, so that there is more
understanding and love among the children of our common mother – Jilemnice.
Jan Weiss, September 17, 1945