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Dana Schmidt, the first lady of Czech-Danish journalism, died

On April 23, 2021, at the age of 77, Dana Schmidt, a well-known journalist and reporter, who used to work for the daily Politiken, died. She left a significant mark in the Czech environment, often wrote about it for foreign media, and was also a jury member of the Journalist Awards of the OSF Foundation.

Dana Schmidt (1943 - 2021) was a Danish journalist with Czech origin. She was born in Prague and studied German and Czech studies. In 1967, she and her boyfriend Erik went to Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, where they later married. She worked at the Department of Slavonic Studies at the local university and translated information about events in Czechoslovakia. In 1970, their son Michael was born. Dana later studied journalism, fully mastered Danish and became a long-time journalist for Politiken. She has worked for the editors of these prestigious national newspapers in Moscow, Prague and her home Copenhagen.

Towards the end of her life, she lived in the Czech Republic, where she also participated in the jury work of the Journalist Award, organized by the OSF Foundation. She died on April 23, 2021, and had her funeral in early May in Aarhus.

 (Source: Aktuálně.cz)


More information, including memoirs of prominent personalities of the Czech cultural and political environment, such as Jaromír Štetina, Josef Pazderka or Petra Procházková, can be found on the pages of the online daily Aktuálně.cz. The necrology was also published on the pages of the Danish online daily Altinget.