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The heroine of the week: Inka Bernášková

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. The heroine of this week is Inka Bernášková, journalist and member of the anti-Nazi resistance.

Journalist and member of the anti-Nazi resistance. Along with her father, graphic artist and painter Vojtěch Preissig, she published an illegal magazine called V boj. After being arrested she showed great personal bravery by not giving up any names of other members of the resistance, probably saving their lives. She herself, however, was executed.

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About the project

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 has been complemented by a book of the same name, published in autumn 2020.

 


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