by Czech artist Oldřich Kulhánek.
In 1971 he was arrested by the StB (the Czechoslovak Secret Police) and was accused that with his prints of 1968–1971, he had disgraced the representatives of the communist countries (in particular his images of the face of Stalin).
This Kafka-esque situation was to continue until 1972 and on the 5th of July 1973, he was tried in court. At this farce, like in a scene out of the writer Hašek’s “Good Soldier Schweik”, eleven of his prints were sentenced by the judge to be destroyed, i.e. burnt. However the “gentlemen” of the court, did no such thing, and kept the prints for themselves – which was tantamount to government sanctioned theft. Kulhánek later commented “I realised that one’s situation in life, even if a tragic one, never lacks a touch of humour – though, usually very black humour!”