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Petr Blažek (1973)
Historian working for the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů). He specializes in the history of communist regimes in Czechoslovakia and Poland. He is the author of a number of historical studies and document editions. Recently, he wrote the monograph Ryszard Siwiec 1909–1968 (Warsaw, 2010). He is a co-author of the book and exhibition Jan Palach ‘69 (Prague, 2009).

Patrik Eichler (1984)
Journalist and commentator. He works for the public benefit organization Collegium Bohemicum in Ústí nad Labem and for the Masaryk Democratic Academy (Masarykova demokratická akademie). He contributes to the Referendum Daily, Pravda Daily (Bratislava) and Listy Bimonthly (Olomouc). He was one of the editors of the Jan Palach ‘69 collection and a co-author of the Jan Palach ‘69 exhibition (Prague 2009). He specializes in the modern history of Central Europe and the programs of Central European political parties.

Michal Ježek (1989)
Absolvent of Czech studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. Redactor of the Czech Radio.

Eva Nachmilnerová (1977)
Musicologist, violinist, radio documentarist, postgraduate student of the Institute of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. She specializes in 20th century instrumental music and the works of Bohuslav Martinů and Jan Novák. She works as a script editor of “Radiodocumentary” in the Czech Radio, Channel 3 – Vltava.

Jáchym Šerých (1972)
Designer of these web pages and the Jan Palach ‘69 exhibition.

Ivo Šulc (1978)
Programmer of these web pages.

Most of the historical texts on these web pages were written by Petr Blažek. His description of Jan Palach’s life story was based on the Jan Palach ‘69 exhibition that he prepared together with the co-editors of the Jan Palach ‘69 book, Patrik Eichler and Jakub Jareš. The following people also participated in the Living Torches section: the historian Tomáš Vilímek (Oskar Brüsewitz’s profile), Rita Kindlerová (Vasyl Makuch’s profile) and Patrik Eichler (Jan Zajíc’s and Evžen Plocek’s profiles). All texts were reviewed by historian Jaroslav Pažout and proofread mainly by Eva Nachmilnerová, Patrik Eichler, and Michal Ježek – the main project coordinator.