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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jiřina Švorcová, Czech actress and pro-Communist activist died she was , 83

Jiřina Švorcová  was a Czech actress and pro-Communist activist died she was , 83. Her acting career lasted more than forty years, but she largely retired after the 1989 Velvet Revolution and devoted herself to advocacy of the Communist Party.

(May 25, 1928 – August 8, 2011)

Švorcová worked in Czechoslovak television, theater and film during the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia's Communist era.[1] She spent more than forty years at the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague.[1] Her best known work came during the 1970s in the Czechoslovak television series, Žena za pultem or A Woman Behind the Counter.[1] Radio Prague has called the series "fine example of communist propaganda" noting the show's fictional grocery store was stocked with products unavailable to average Czechs and Slovaks at the time.[1]
Švorcová was a devote supporter of Communism and a supporter of the former Communist government of Czechoslovakia. In 1976, Švorcová was appointed to the leadership of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.[1] She openly condemned the signatories of Charter 77, who included Pavel Kohout and Vaclav Havel, as "traitors" to Communism and the country.[1] She reiterated her disapproval of Charter 77 in a December 2010 interview with a Czech Radio reporter, "I think it’s wrong when someone finds out that they could not cope with the idea they helped to bring about. There were many, such as Pavel Kohout, who also believed the idea, but then they couldn’t cope with it and so they abandoned it. I think that’s wrong."[1] Švorcová openly described her shock at the violence inflicted on protesters during the Prague Spring and subsequent invasion, but said she could never join the protests saying, "soon as people started to attack the Soviet Union, calling them fascists and so on, I just could not do that. I absolutely couldn’t do that."[1] Due to unapologetic support for the outgoing Communist regime, Švorcová's fellow actors at the Vinohrady Theatre, who supported the Velvet Revolution, no longer supported her work at the theater after the fall of Communism.[1]
Jiřina Švorcová retired from acting after 1989. She spent her later life as an activist and apologist for Communism and the former totalitarian government.[1] She died in Prague, Czech Republic, on August 8, 2011, at the age of 83.[1]


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