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Pérák, the Spring Man of Prague

Summary
Pérák, the Spring Man (Czech: ˈpɛːraːk), was an urban legend originating from the Czechoslovak city of Prague during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in the midst of World War II. In the decades following the war, Pérák has also been portrayed as a Czech superhero. History According to historians Callum McDonald and Jan Kaplan in their book Prague in the Shadow of the Swastika: a History of the German Occupation 1939–1945, "the Springer" was said to leap out from shadowy alleys and startle passers-by. Oral tradition suggests that some of Pérák's leaps were of an extraordinary magnitude, including the act of jumping over train carriages, similar to England's Spring-heeled Jack. A contemporary and possibly associated rumour concerned a "Razor Blade Man" who was said to slash at victims with razors attached to his fingers. Researcher Mike Dash quotes George Zenaty, a noted authority on the policing of Prague during the war years, that: …in 1940–1942, none of our pol
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