Burning Bush (orig. Hořicí Keř) [HBO-Europe Miniseries 2013] (UR would be R - 4 Stars) - Searing three part European miniseries (Czech with English Subtitles) by Polish born director Agnieszka Holland about the probably the most emblematic moment of protest against the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.  On Jan 15, 1969 a Czech university student Jan Palach poured gasoline on top of himself by the monument to St. Wenceslas (the Czechs’ Patron Saint) in Prague’s Wenceslas Square and like the Buddhist monks in Saigon protesting the Vietnam War at the time, set himself ablaze.  No matter what the Czechoslovak Communist authorities tried to do in the 20 years afterwards, they could not erase the memory of what this young person did for his country.  And arguably the protests commemorating the 20th anniversary of his death in January 1989 began the year of escalating protests that brought Communism down.

Burning Bush (orig. Hořicí Keř) [HBO-Europe Miniseries 2013] (UR would be R - 4 Stars) - Searing three part European miniseries (Czech with English Subtitles) by Polish born director Agnieszka Holland about the probably the most emblematic moment of protest against the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.  On Jan 15, 1969 a Czech university student Jan Palach poured gasoline on top of himself by the monument to St. Wenceslas (the Czechs’ Patron Saint) in Prague’s Wenceslas Square and like the Buddhist monks in Saigon protesting the Vietnam War at the time, set himself ablaze.  No matter what the Czechoslovak Communist authorities tried to do in the 20 years afterwards, they could not erase the memory of what this young person did for his country.  And arguably the protests commemorating the 20th anniversary of his death in January 1989 began the year of escalating protests that brought Communism down.

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