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Peter Petrasek found sanctuary in the US after fleeing then-Czechoslovakia; lifelong gratitude resulted in his $850K estate being bequeathed to the federal government.

"Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets. But last month, as Peter and Joan Petrasek had wished in their wills, a cashier’s check for $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of Treasury. The Petraseks had left their total accumulated wealth, of cash in the bank and sale of their West Seattle home, 'to the government of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.'” -- Eric Lacitis, the Seattle Times

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