Dolores Šavrdová was a wife of Jaromír Šavrda (a Czech journalist, writer, political prisoner, significant representative of dissent in Ostrava and signatory to Charter 77, who died in May 1988 after years of imprisonment). She met Šavrda at the beginning of the 1970s in Ostrava and lived with him until his death. Dolores Šavrdová also signed Charter 77 in 1987 and had to face Communist bullying, eavesdropping and being followed. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Šavrdas’ apartment in Ostrava-Zábřeh was a northern-Moravian centre of anti-regime opposition and a place of regular meetings of dissidents from Ostrava and the region; some of them were, as was proven later, agents of the State Security (StB). After the death of her husband, she took care of his legacy and, for example, attended the ceremony of “Cena Jaromíra Šavrdy za svědectví o totalitě” (the Prize of Jaromír Šavrda for Witnessing of Totalitarism), awarded by the association PANT on Human Rights Day since 2008. After the death of Dolores Šavrdová in 2012, her heirs gave the written estate of the spouses to the Ostrava City Archive.
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