Category: History

Good Read: US-based Czech filmmaker Ivan Passer talks about his friendship with fellow Czechoslovak New Wave director Milos Forman and, for the first time, their amazing escape across the Austrian border in 1969 (LA Times) [Social Media Post] 0

Good Read: US-based Czech filmmaker Ivan Passer talks about his friendship with fellow Czechoslovak New Wave director Milos Forman and, for the first time, their amazing escape across the Austrian border in 1969 (LA Times) [Social Media Post]

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Milan Kundera becomes Czech citizen, in ceremony at his Paris home; Commie regime stripped 90-year-old writer of his Czechoslovak citizenship in 1979 after he went into exile in France in 1975 (Novinky) [Social Media Post] 0

Milan Kundera becomes Czech citizen, in ceremony at his Paris home; Commie regime stripped 90-year-old writer of his Czechoslovak citizenship in 1979 after he went into exile in France in 1975 (Novinky) [Social Media Post]

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Prague-Reporyje Mayor Pavel Novotny (ODS) angers Russia by proposing memorial to General Vlasov’s anti-Communist Russian Liberation Army; “Vlasovtsy” collaborated with Nazis before switching sides and supporting Czechs in Prague Uprising; Novotny is former tabloid journalist and frequent provocateur (Denik) *edited* [Social Media Post] 0

Prague-Reporyje Mayor Pavel Novotny (ODS) angers Russia by proposing memorial to General Vlasov’s anti-Communist Russian Liberation Army; “Vlasovtsy” collaborated with Nazis before switching sides and supporting Czechs in Prague Uprising; Novotny is former tabloid journalist and frequent provocateur (Denik) *edited* [Social Media Post]

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Under police escort, Venus of Dolni Vestonice is transported from Brno to Olomouc’s Vlastivedne muzeum (Regional Museum), where it will go on display for first time in five years; Stone Age statuette is one of world’s oldest known ceramic artifacts (Aktualne) [Social Media Post] 0

Under police escort, Venus of Dolni Vestonice is transported from Brno to Olomouc’s Vlastivedne muzeum (Regional Museum), where it will go on display for first time in five years; Stone Age statuette is one of world’s oldest known ceramic artifacts (Aktualne) [Social Media Post]

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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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Mystery surrounds two daguerreotype photographs found recently in Usti nad Labem municipal museum’s (Muzeum mesta Usti nad Labem’s) collection; photos were probably taken around 1845 but museum doesn’t know where they were taken or who the subjects are (Denik) [Social Media Post] 0

Mystery surrounds two daguerreotype photographs found recently in Usti nad Labem municipal museum’s (Muzeum mesta Usti nad Labem’s) collection; photos were probably taken around 1845 but museum doesn’t know where they were taken or who the subjects are (Denik) [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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Jan Strasky, Czechoslovakia’s last prime minister, dies aged 78; founding member of centre-right Civic Democratic Party (ODS) served as federal premier for six months in late 1992 (iDNES.cz) [Social Media Post] 0

Jan Strasky, Czechoslovakia’s last prime minister, dies aged 78; founding member of centre-right Civic Democratic Party (ODS) served as federal premier for six months in late 1992 (iDNES.cz) [Social Media Post]

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Jirkov, Usti nad Labem Region, buys caravan that belonged to legendary Czech circus impresario Karel Kludsky Sr., a former resident, at a total cost of 750,000 crowns; once restored, caravan will go on display in the town (Novinky.cz) [Social Media Post] 0

Jirkov, Usti nad Labem Region, buys caravan that belonged to legendary Czech circus impresario Karel Kludsky Sr., a former resident, at a total cost of 750,000 crowns; once restored, caravan will go on display in the town (Novinky.cz) [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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