Category: Commies

Legendary people-smuggler Josef Hasil, who helped dozens escape Commie-era Czechoslovakia, dies aged 95 in Chicago; Hasil’s exploits inspired villain in 1959 film Kral Sumavy (“King of the Sumava”) but later earned 2001 heroism medal from President Havel (Blesk) [Social Media Post] 0

Legendary people-smuggler Josef Hasil, who helped dozens escape Commie-era Czechoslovakia, dies aged 95 in Chicago; Hasil’s exploits inspired villain in 1959 film Kral Sumavy (“King of the Sumava”) but later earned 2001 heroism medal from President Havel (Blesk) [Social Media Post]

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Controversial Communist Party (KSCM) politician Zdenek Ondracek copied parts of his 2011 PhD dissertation, Palacky University Olomouc investigation finds – but university says offence occurred too long ago to strip former Commie-era riot cop of his academic title (iDNES.cz) [Social Media Post] 0

Controversial Communist Party (KSCM) politician Zdenek Ondracek copied parts of his 2011 PhD dissertation, Palacky University Olomouc investigation finds – but university says offence occurred too long ago to strip former Commie-era riot cop of his academic title (iDNES.cz) [Social Media Post]

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Public and commercial Czech radio stations to play Marta Kubisova song “Modlitba pro Martu” at 5:11pm (17:11) on 17 November (17/11) to mark Velvet Revolution’s 30th anniversary; banned singer’s ballad was unofficial anthem of 1989’s anti-Commie protests (CTK) [Social Media Post] 0

Public and commercial Czech radio stations to play Marta Kubisova song “Modlitba pro Martu” at 5:11pm (17:11) on 17 November (17/11) to mark Velvet Revolution’s 30th anniversary; banned singer’s ballad was unofficial anthem of 1989’s anti-Commie protests (CTK) [Social Media Post]

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Fotbal: Ahead of tonight’s (Wednesday’s) Slavia Praha-Barcelona Champions League game, the official Barca website tells the amazing story of Jiri “Jorge” Hanke, the only Czech to have played for Barcelona, and the only man to have played for both teams (FC Barcelona) [Social Media Post] 0

Fotbal: Ahead of tonight’s (Wednesday’s) Slavia Praha-Barcelona Champions League game, the official Barca website tells the amazing story of Jiri “Jorge” Hanke, the only Czech to have played for Barcelona, and the only man to have played for both teams (FC Barcelona) [Social Media Post]

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Cool: “Twenty-four Hours in Czechoslovakia”, a 1968 Canadian documentary about the “daily life of some of the people of an extraordinary nation” and featuring Slovak-Canadian ice hockey legend Stan Mikita, is now on YouTube (NFB on YouTube) [Social Media Post] 0

Cool: “Twenty-four Hours in Czechoslovakia”, a 1968 Canadian documentary about the “daily life of some of the people of an extraordinary nation” and featuring Slovak-Canadian ice hockey legend Stan Mikita, is now on YouTube (NFB on YouTube) [Social Media Post]

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City of Prague ordered to immediately close underground part of former Stalin monument in Letna park, Prague 7-Holesovice, due to risk of collapse, and given five days to reinforce above-ground area around metronome (Novinky.cz) [Social Media Post] 0

City of Prague ordered to immediately close underground part of former Stalin monument in Letna park, Prague 7-Holesovice, due to risk of collapse, and given five days to reinforce above-ground area around metronome (Novinky.cz) [Social Media Post]

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More than a hundred Prague 3 residents petition district council to rename Konevova ulice; Zizkov street is named after Soviet military commander Ivan Stepanovich Konev, whose forces drove the Nazis from Prague but also suppressed 1956’s Hungarian Uprising (Denik.cz) [Social Media Post] 0

More than a hundred Prague 3 residents petition district council to rename Konevova ulice; Zizkov street is named after Soviet military commander Ivan Stepanovich Konev, whose forces drove the Nazis from Prague but also suppressed 1956’s Hungarian Uprising (Denik.cz) [Social Media Post]

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Cool: Jaroslav Svelch’s “Gaming the Iron Curtain” book and companion website tell the story of video games in 1980s Czechoslovakia (Gaming the Iron Curtain) [Social Media Post] 0

Cool: Jaroslav Svelch’s “Gaming the Iron Curtain” book and companion website tell the story of video games in 1980s Czechoslovakia (Gaming the Iron Curtain) [Social Media Post]

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Jan Palach brought gun to Prague on day of 1968 invasion and considered shooting Russian soldiers, claims historian Petr Blazek (Aktualne) [Social Media Post] 0

Jan Palach brought gun to Prague on day of 1968 invasion and considered shooting Russian soldiers, claims historian Petr Blazek (Aktualne) [Social Media Post]

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Average price of Prague flat rental in 1989: 358 crowns/month; bottle of beer: 2.50 crowns (iDNES) [Social Media Post] 0

Average price of Prague flat rental in 1989: 358 crowns/month; bottle of beer: 2.50 crowns (iDNES) [Social Media Post]

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