Jiřina Šiklová spent almost twelve years in the Communist Party pushing for internal reform without success. After she left the party she focused on secretly importing foreign and exiled literature into Czechoslovakia. In 1981, she was arrested and accused of taking part in disruptive activities.

Sociologist and publicist Jiřina Šiklová was born on 17th June 1935 in Prague. She studied history and philosophy at Charles University where she later taught for many years. She also co-founded the Department of Sociology. In 1969, she left the Communist Party and was fired from the University. She then worked as a cleaner and a social worker in Thomayer hospital. In the 1970s, Šiklová, along with Peter Pithart, actively distributed Czech publications that had been published abroad. She is one of the signatories of Charter 77.

After the coup, Šiklová returned to teaching sociology and founded the Department of Social Work, which she led until 2000. She is also the founder of the Center of the Gender Studies and a board member of several charities, including the Foundation Charter 77 and Vision 97. In 1999, President Václav Havel awarded her the Medal for Merit. In 2009, Šiklová ran as an independent candidate for the Green Party in the European Parliament.

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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