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Jiří
Stránský

Writer, playwright and screenwriter  

The Communists did not let Jiri Stránský finish high school. In 1953, he was arrested and accused of espionage and treason, and spent nearly seven years working in the uranium mines. It was during this time that he wrote his first book of poetry called Over the Hedge (Za Plotem). However, the book wasn't published until after the fall of the regime.

Jiri Stránský is a Czech writer, playwright and screenwriter. He writes emotional stories about the fate of political prisoners, which he experienced firsthand. Stránský was born on 12th August 1931 in Prague. His father was an acclaimed lawyer and Stránský has a noble ancestry. His maternal grandfather was the famous politician, Prime Minister Jan Malypetr. Because of political reasons and his grandfather's position, Stránský was forced by the communist party to quit high school in 1950. After leaving school, he worked as a carpenter and a clerk for the press office of Čedok travel agency.

In 1960, after his release from prison, Stránský worked in mining and construction and as a writer and translator. He also worked as a petrol station attendant. According to Stránský,"The pump, where a nobleman worked" became another tourist attraction, along with the Clock and the Prague Castle. In 1968, he emigrated for a short time but returned back to be with his family. He was arrested again because of false accusations and spent several years in prison until 1975. Following his release, he worked for many years at the Czechoslovak State Song and Dance Ensemble, first as a stagehand and later as a stage director.

During the communist era Stránský was blacklisted as a dangerous author and his literary life really began only with the coup. He is known for his novel, Wild Country (Zdivočelá Země), which was also made ​​into a film.

Faithful
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.

Burning
bush

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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