Pavel Tigrid

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Pavel Tigrid
Pavel Tigrid.jpg
2nd Minister of Culture
In office
19 January 1994 – 4 July 1996
Prime Minister Václav Klaus
Preceded by Jindřich Kabát
Succeeded by Jaromír Talíř
Personal details
Born (1917-10-27)October 27, 1917
Prague, Austria-Hungary
Died 31 August 2003(2003-08-31) (aged 85)
Héricy, France
Political party KDU-ČSL
Occupation writer, journalist
Awards Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

Pavel Tigrid (October 27, 1917 in Prague, Austria-Hungary as Pavel Schönfeld – August 31, 2003 in Héricy near Paris, France) was a writer, publisher and author of Czech origin. He is considered one of the most important personalities of the Czech exile journalism.[1]


He left Czechoslovakia as a young man to evade the Nazis. In Great Britain, he adopted the pseudonym Tigrid (after Tigris) when he worked as a broadcaster of anti-fascist propaganda in BBC, and kept it for the rest of his life. Returning after the end of World War II, he continued his publishing career, soon clashing with the ascendant communist ideology. Fleeing arrest, he emigrated to West Germany, later moved to United States and finally settled in France. During the Cold War, Tigrid was a prominent representative of Czech anti-communist exile, authored several books and published numerous publications, for example the magazine Svědectví ("Testimony"), read both in exile circles and by dissidents in Czechoslovakia from 1956 to 1992. He returned to Prague for the second time after the Velvet Revolution, has been active in public life and served as a Minister of Culture (1994–96), but after an unsuccessful campaign for election to the Czech Senate, he retired to France where he died in 2003.

Literary works[edit]

Plaque for P. Tigrid in Prague
  • Why Dubcek fell, London: MacDonald, 1971.
  • Kapesní průvodce inteligentní ženy po vlastním osudu, Toronto: Sixty-Eight Publishers, 1988.
  • Dnešek je váš, zítřek je náš : dělnické revolty v komunistických zemích, Praha: Vokno, 1990.
  • Politická emigrace v atomovém věku, Praha: Prostor, 1990.
  • Glosy o české politice 1996-1999, Praha: Radioservis, 1999.
  • Marx na Hradčanech, Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2001.


  1. ^ Přibáň, Michal (March 2009). "Kdo byl kdo v české exilové literatuře let 1948-1968". HOST (3): 25. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Jindřich Kabát
Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic
Succeeded by
Jaromír Talíř