Pavel Paleček (1977) earned his PhD in modern history and studied at the University of Vienna, Columbia University of New York and Masaryk University in Brno. He is the author of five history books and several awarded documentaries on WWII and Cold War history. He interviewed judge Karel Va and published it shortly after Va died in Prague at nearly 97.
Paleček's latest movie won the award for best educational documentary at the Academia Film Olomouc Festival. He also won the special award of the jury of Trilobit Beroun Competition.
Making The Film
Pavel Paleček interviewed judge Karel Va and published it shortly after Va died in Prague at nearly 97. The movie was released in the Czech Republic just few weeks after Karel Va died and it gained enormous public concern. After seeing the movie, the judge's only daughter Galina asked for forgiveness and said she was ashamed of her father's crimes. This was the first "coming out" ever when someone close to communist crimes perpetrators asked for condonation. This was not only a gesture: after she inherited the judge's lifelong savings, she distributed all the money among non-profit organizations, which describe her father's crimes.