Jiří Stránský

Jiří Stránský (2019) Jiří Stránský (12 August 1931 – 29 May 2019) was a Czech author, playwright, translator, twice a political prisoner of the communist regime, and human rights advocate. He was the grandson of Czechoslovak politician Jan Malypetr.

In 1953, he was arrested by the communists and sentenced to eight years of forced labor for "treason". He was released in 1960. In 1974, he was arrested again, charged with embezzlement and sentenced to another 3 to 5 years, but was released after one and a half. While imprisoned, he met with several Catholic writers, an experience which encouraged him to become a writer.

After the fall of the communist regime, he was an author and head of the international section of the Czech Literary Fund. In 1992, he was elected President of the Czech section of International PEN. He was chairman of the council of the National Library from 1995 to 1998.

He was a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism. Provided by Wikipedia
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