It would be almost impossible to find a more knowledgeable expert on the subject of Jan Palach; historian Petr Blažek is an expert on the resistance and opposition movements against the communist regime in the Czech Republic and Poland.
A passionate life-long scholar of the self-immolation of Jan Palach, Blažek co-wrote a book to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Palach's act. He also curated the exhibition Jan Palach '69.
Blažek studied teaching in Hradec Králové and history at Charles University in Prague. Since 2008 he has worked at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. He has written numerous professional and popular articles and educational publications. Blažek served as chief historical consultant for Burning Bush.
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.”