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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.

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.

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