In the 1960s, Petruška Šustrová spent two years in prison for subversion; she described her time as a prisoner as hellish boredom.
Translator and publicist, Petruška Šustrová was born on 18th May 1947 into a communist family in Prague. Immediately after the Soviet invasion, her mother and sister emigrated, while Šustrová remained. In 1969, she was sentenced to two years in prison for her work in the Revolutionary Youth Movement. She studied history and Czech language at Charles University but never graduated. After prison she worked at the post office and as a cleaning lady. She signed Charter 77 and was one of its spokesmen. After the revolution, Šustrová became Deputy Federal Minister of the Interior and began working as a journalist and translator of English, Russian and Polish.
She has translated more than twenty books and written four documentary screenplays. In 2008, she became a member of the Council of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and a year later she won the Journalist's Prize of Ferdinand Peroutka. Petruška Šustrová has been married three times and is the mother of five children.
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.”