According to her second grade report card, "Madeleine is bright and lively, learns easily and remembers the curriculum well." The teacher evaluated young Madeleine Albright's abilities correctly. A few decades later, she was the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State.
Albright was born in 1937 in Smíchov as Marie Jana Korbelová, although her grandmother always called her Madeleine. Later, Albright legally changed her first name. As a member of the Czechoslovak diplomatic corps, her father Josef Korbel served as a great example for her future profession. After the communist coup in 1948, her father was given a death sentence and the family sought asylum in the United States. Initially Albright focused on a career in academia, studying political science at Wellesley and international relations at Columbia University. She began her political career working on Edmund S. Muskie's presidential bid in the 1970s. In 1992, she served as a foreign policy advisor to Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign. After Clinton was elected president, he chose Albright to be the U.S. Ambassador of the United Nations. During Clinton's second term, Albright became the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government when she was sworn in as Secretary of State, a position she held until 2001. She was instrumental in the expansion of NATO into post-communist countries, including the Czech Republic. She is also associated with the controversial bombing of the former Yugoslavia in 1999 during the war in Kosovo.
Since retiring from political life, Albright has published several books and runs her own consulting company, Albright Stonebridge Group. She lectures frequently at Universities and for the National Democratic Institute. Albright has three daughters from a previous marriage.
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.”