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Antonín Čermák: from Czech miner to Chicago mayor

27-03-2012 13:21 | Rosie Johnston

You might not recognise the name straight away, but Antonín Josef Čermák - a miner’s son from Kladno, Central Bohemia - is one of the most famous Czech-Americans to have ever lived. Anton (or Tony) Cermak became mayor of Chicago at the height of prohibition, overhauled Democratic Party politics in the city, and was then assassinated in the most mysterious of surroundings. All quite dramatic for someone who started his career selling firewood…  More

Jan Kaplan: Operation Anthropoid more appreciated as years go by

20-02-2012 | Ian Willoughby

As part of an exhibition linked to the 70th anniversary of the Lidice massacre in June, Prague's Dox Centre for Contemporary Art is currently hosting a video installation by the London-based Czech documentary maker and editor Jan Kaplan entitled 10:35. The name refers to the time of day that the operation to assassinate the Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia – which preceded the Lidice atrocity – reached its climax in a Prague suburb on May 27, 1942. The UK-based Czechoslovak paratroopers who carried out the attack later met their deaths in a church in the city.  More

Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass premieres in Chicago

20-12-2011 17:07 | Rosie Johnston

It has taken more than 200 years for Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass to come to Chicago, but it seems that good things come to those who wait. The Ryba Mass was premiered in the Windy City on Saturday and Rosie Johnston was there.  More

Introducing the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange

24-11-2011 16:06 | Pavla Horáková

The city of La Grange in Texas, historically a major site of Czech settlement, remains to this day a hub of Czech culture. Those who want to stay in touch with the local Czech community or would like to trace their roots can visit the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center located in city. Besides offering research facilities, the center also organizes various events – most recently a gala where old Czech bands were honored earlier this month or an exhibition of nativity art which has just opened.  More

Eva Jiránková - A remarkable life

17-11-2011 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Eva Jiránková, photo: Czech Television In today’s Special our guest is the charming Eva Jiránková, born in 1921 to a notable Prague family in the early years of the First Republic. As a junior, Jiránková was a competitive skier and as a young woman she graced the covers of popular Czech magazines – something of a charmed life. But that all that ended in September 1942 when her husband, Miloš Jiránek, was arrested by the Gestapo, and spent the next years in internment and concentration camps.  More

Laureates of Gratias Agit award on the significance of their Czech heritage

28-10-2011 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Every year in October the Czech Republic honours those who have contributed significantly to promoting the country’s good name abroad. This year, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg bestowed the annual Gratias Agit awards on thirteen personalities from around the world to thank them for their work. On occasion of the country’s national holiday we bring you the thoughts and experiences of three Czechs who live abroad, but who never severed ties with their homeland and are proud of their Czech roots and national heritage.  More

Freddie Botur – Retired NY tennis entrepreneur with deep Czech roots

24-10-2011 13:24 | Ian Willoughby

Freddie Botur, photo: Henri Richter Werner Freddie Botur, who was born Vratislav Botur, fled Czechoslovakia in 1948, shortly after taking part in a student march to Prague Castle aimed at preventing the Communists from seizing power. The ambitious young émigré eventually ended up in New York, where he became a successful developer and owner of tennis clubs, including the well-known Tennisport on the banks of the East River.  More

Foreign Ministry honours promoters of good name of Czech Republic

17-10-2011 15:43 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Since 1997, the Czech Foreign Ministry has been honouring those who promote the good name of the Czech Republic abroad with the annual Gratias Agit awards. Last Friday, October 14, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg handed out the awards to thirteen personalities from around the globe to thank them for their outstanding work.  More

Czech expats from around the world come to Dobruška to connect with their heritage

25-08-2011 16:49 | Daniela Lazarová

Every summer the north-east Bohemian town of Dobruška turns truly cosmopolitan, opening its doors to Czech language students from around the world. The Czech language summer school organized by Charles University lasts for a month and is specially tailored for Czech expats and people who have developed an interest in the Czech language and culture.   More

Veronica Hyks: the past is not always a foreign country

22-08-2011 15:57 | David Vaughan

Veronica Hyks Although she was born in Britain and has never lived in the Czech Republic, the actress and broadcaster, Veronica Hyks, is every bit as Czech as she is English. She speaks Czech without a hint of an accent, and gives every impression of being totally at home in Prague, even though it has never been more than her “virtual” home. Veronica Hyks tells David Vaughan how this came about in this week’s One on One.  More

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