Zdeněk Jelínek wrote the play Comedy about a Trap (Komedie o pasti) in the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto.
Zdeněk Jelínek wrote Comedy about a Trap inspired by his own belief in the ideals of Communism and by a play from the interwar period, The Fateful Game of Love (Lásky hra osudná) written in the commedia dell’arte style by renowned Czech playwrights Karel and Josef Čapek. Comedy about Trap is is a work of Communist agit-prop featuring traditional characters such as Capitano the braggart military officer and Pantalone the miser but also including a character from Czech folk tales, the imp Rarach, in the role of the Communist agitator. As survivor František Miška, who played the role of Pantalone in the ghetto, recalled, "it was, in a word, a play about how the SS and big capital would finally get it on the head".
Jelínek was deported from Terezín to Auschwitz in October of 1944 and most likely murdered immediately upon arrival.