One hundred years ago this autumn, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk stood atop the stairs of Independence Hall in Philadelphia – where both the American Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were adopted – to proclaim the creation of a new sovereign state, Czechoslovakia. But the seeds of liberty first took firm root in the spring of 1918 with the May 31st signing of the “Pittsburgh Agreement”, a memorandum of understanding between the Czech and Slovak immigrant communities to create an independent republic.
President Miloš Zeman laid a wreath at the grave of the first president of
Czechoslovakia Tomas Garrigue Masaryk at Lány on Wednesday morning to
commemorate the 168th anniversary of his birth.The acting Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš and the speaker of the Czech Senate, Milan Štěch have also
paid homage to the first Czechoslovak president.
The founder of the Czechoslovak state T. G. Masaryk was born on March 7, 1850 in the South Moravian town of Hodonín and died at the presidential Lány Chateau in 1937.
Nominees for the new ANO minority government will lay a wreath at the tomb
of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk at Lány on
Wednesday morning before being appointed later that day, an ANO
spokesperson said. The ministerial candidates will travel by bus to the
presidential retreat, which is near Prague.
The ANO cabinet will be named by President Miloš Zeman a week after the head of state appointed the party’s leader, Andrej Babiš, prime minister. ANO are currently trying to find support or at least tolerance for the party’s minority government, which must undergo a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies.
The 100th anniversary of the revolution bringing the Bolsheviks and Vladimir Lenin to power in Russia is being marked with discussions and exhibitions in the Czech Republic. Although the events preceded the creation of a separate and independent Czechoslovakia around a year later, Czechs and Slovaks were very much caught up in what was happening.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek and Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic David Meron on Thursday opened an exhibition recalling the contribution of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and his son, Jan, who later became foreign minister, to the creation of the State of Israel. I spoke with Ambassador Meron during the exhibition launch at Černín Palace and first asked how the idea for such an exhibition arose.
Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek and the Israeli ambassador to the
Czech Republic David Meron have launched an exhibition recalling the
contribution of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue
Masaryk, and his son, Jan, to the creation of Israel.
Meron recalled president Masaryk’s visit to the then Palestine in 1927. The Czech foreign minister said many Israelis today remember the contribution Czechoslovakia made to the founding of the new state in 1948 by deliveries of arms.
The communist regime had mistakenly hoped a communist style regime would evolve in the new Jewish state.
The Czech National Museum is preparing a major joint exhibition with the
Slovak National Museum to mark the centenary in 2018 of the foundation of
Czechoslovakia, the news site iDnes.cz reported. The exhibition will open
in Bratislava before transferring to Prague in October.
The show will focus on Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and other important figures in Czechoslovakia’s foundation but will also feature the stories of ordinary citizens.
The joint exhibition will be just one of a number of events in 2018 marking not only the centenary of Czechoslovakia but also the 50th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion and 25 years since the formation of the independent Czech Republic.
A relationship starting up between a married woman in her mid-forties and a widower approaching 80 might still raise eyebrows even in these modern Viagra times. But in 1920’s Czechoslovakia when the man was the iconic president of the country, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (TGM) it would clearly have done much more than that.
Eighty years ago this week, Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk died at the age of eighty-seven. He had led the country from its independence in 1918 for the next seventeen years, enjoying immense popularity throughout that time. Masaryk was known widely as the “President Liberator” and “Father of the Nation”, but although this popularity often slipped into hero-worship, he remained a lifelong democrat and humanist, in stark contrast with many of the world leaders emerging in the 1920s and 1930s. His values are reflected in several