Schwarz Trojan

Evangelical pastor, University lecturer 

Jakub Schwarz Trojan is the Evangelical pastor who buried Jan Palach in January 1969.

Jakub Trojan was born in Paris on 13th May 1927, but his parents sent him to Czechoslovakia to be raised by his grandparents. In 1948, he was expelled from the University of Commerce for participating in anti-communist demonstrations. In February 1949, he transferred to the Evangelical Theological Faculty. His studies were interrupted by three years of compulsory full-time military duty ,due to his non-conformist attitude. When he married, he followed Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and adopted the old evangelical tradition of taking his wife's family name as his middle name, becoming Jakub Schwarz Trojan. Trojan graduated in 1955 and worked as an evangelical pastor until 1974 when his permission to perform clerical acts was revoked. He then worked as an economist until his retirement. He signed Charter 77 and during the normalization he organized theology workshops at his home.

I remain
The testimonies of people who were there.

The Faithful I Remain website captures authentic and unique testimonies from witnesses of Palach’s sacrifice and presents fascinating stories from people who were inescapably affected by political trials, Soviet occupation and the subsequent “normalization”.

We invited publicly known figures to share their recollections of an historic and challenging time, resulting in a series of interviews full of intimate memories, experiences and impressions that illustrate critical turning points in the period of Communist rule.

The website was created by 2FRESH for HBO Europe s. r. o. to support the Burning Bush, a three-part drama from world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland.The project was completed with assistance from the Prague City Council and Mayor of Prague MUDr. Bohuslav Svoboda.


HBO Europe's three-part drama Burning Bush, directed by world-renowned Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, premiered on the HBO film channel on 27th January 2013.

Both the most extensive and ambitious project in the history of HBO Europe, the film recalls a period of Czech modern history which had been ignored in Czech cinema until now.

The film begins with the reconstruction of the shocking act of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on 16 January 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation

The story follows the young lawyer who represents Jan Palach’s mother against an influential Communist official and serves to describe the transformation of the Czechoslovak society at the time – from the silent protest culminating at Palach’s burial to growing resignation and the upcoming period of “normalization.”

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