During a live news broadcast, Soviet soldiers arrested Kamila Moučková and took her directly from the studios of Czechoslovak Television. Her promising television career ended at that very moment. Afterwards she worked in a factory sticking plastic bags together. It wasn't until after the Velvet Revolution that the popular TV presenter returned to broadcasting.
Television presenter Kamila Moučková was born in 1928 in Jihlava into a family of enthusiastic communists. Her father was Vilém Nový, editor of newspaper Rudé právo (Red right), who falsely accused Jan Palach of "cold fire" and became the central figure of the Palach family lawsuit. Paradoxically, Moučková became a dissident. Her career began in the theatre and on radio. She prepared the first ever Czech TV News, which began airing in January 1957. She was also the first person to report the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia during an illegal broadcast in August 1968. After being dismissed from TV, the only work Moučková could find was as a cleaner, waitress or shop assistant. However she was actively engaged in dissent and was a signatory of Charter 77.
Kamila Moučková has been married twice and has three children, one of her daughters emigrated with her family to England in 1968.
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.”