Jiri Gruntorad:Protector of Words
Jiri Gruntorad, a bricklayer-turned-librarian, replied to Communist repression by working to save thousand of then-illegal books and pamphlets. Known as samizdat, they symbolized the period’s rich dissident culture. A signer of the famous Charta 77, Gruntorad now runs Prague’s ‘Libri Prohibiti,’ akind of living memorial to free speech.
- Friday, 28 June 2013