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The Czech Centres commemorate Milada Horáková’s memory

The Czech Centres, in cooperation with Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of Western Bohemia in Pilsen and Radio Prague International, present important women of the Czech history and the present. Every week we bring you one portrait of a heroine. This week we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Milada Horáková's execution (June 27, 1950).

The heroine of the week: Milada Horáková

Lawyer and prominent representative of the Czech women's movement. As a member of the Czechoslovak National Socialist Party and a member of the parliament, from 1946 she opposed the communist government. In 1950 she was sentenced to the death penalty in a political process for alleged treason and subsequently executed.

 

About the project Czech Heroines

An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women - rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes – who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in Czechoslovakia in 1920 and the 200th birthday of author Božena Němcová. It offers portraits of fifty distinguished female personalities as seen through the eyes of the contemporary wave of young illustrators, students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia under the guidance of their mentor and teacher Renáta Fučíková. The profiles of the selected hereoines were written by the historian Lenka Křížová and the writer Kateřina Tučková. The exhibition project will be complemented by a book of the same name, which is going to be published in autumn 2020.

© Julie Opletalová

 

A new comic book about Milada Horáková

The general public can now learn more about the life of Milada Horáková thanks to a comic book by the writer Zdeněk Ležák and the artist Štěpánka Jislová, recently published by Argo publishing. The book will take the reader through Horáková's childhood and young years, her work as a lawyer in the social department, her resistance activities during the Second World War, her imprisonment by the Nazis and her entry into great politics after the Second World War. The private life of this politician has not been missed out.

The book also traces Horáková's involvement in the anti-communist resistance after the communist coup, her arrest in September 1949, a series of interrogations, the organisation of the trial and its entire course up to the verdict and execution. In addition to the story of the main heroine, the comic book also depicts the fates of the supporting characters, thus illustrating the nature of the time. It authentically and very faithfully describes the story of one of the greatest personalities of the modern Czech history.

Argo, 2020 © illustration Štěpánka Jislová

 

Milada 70 Initiative calls for the honor of Milada Horáková’s memory

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the trial with Milada Horáková, a civic initiative called Milada 70: Murdered by Communists was established. The initiative published its Call for fellow citizens, institutions and local governments to honor Milada Horáková’s memory.

"It is only 70 years since the communists executed an innocent woman after a false trial, and they still downplay this terrible crime. From today's point of view, it seems unbelievable and as if from another world, but this fact must never be forgotten so that it cannot be repeated," says Michal Gregorini, representant of the non-profit organization Dekomunizace.

Visuals with a Milada Horáková’s portrait and the slogan "Murdered by Communists" will be hung on dozens of important buildings in Prague for a period of one to two weeks.

Every citizen, institution, school or town hall in the whole country can join the activity and can hang a black banner in the days before June 27 in honor of Milada Horáková’s memory.

 


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