Topic Archive Czechs abroad

Zeman intervention steps up pressure for return of Ukrainian Czechs

06-10-2014 16:04 | Jan Richter

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK Repeated requests by hundreds of ethnic Czechs in Ukraine for repatriation have become a source of conflict on the Czech political scene. Though the Foreign Ministry refused to set up a repatriation programme for Ukrainian Czechs, they have found a powerful advocate: President Miloš Zeman, who is now pushing for action. But a mass repatriation of Czechs from Ukraine might put the government in an awkward position.  More

No mass repatriation planned, Zaorálek tells Czechs in Ukraine

17-09-2014 15:06 | Ian Willoughby

Volynhia, photo: Szender László, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported Prague is not planning a mass repatriation of ethnic Czechs from Ukraine, the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said on a visit to the community on Wednesday. The minister said they were not in apparent danger and that it was already easy for them to move to the Czech Republic.  More

Czech expats seek to strengthen language links

16-09-2014 16:00 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Miloš Turek Czech expats from around the world gathered in Prague last week for a conference on maintaining their native language skills abroad. Czechoslovak exiles who fled the country after the war or after the Soviet-led invasion of 1968, descendants of the old Czech settlers, as well as members of the younger community of Czechs who went abroad to study or work met for a two-day event held in the National Museum building in the centre of Prague to discuss their cultural and linguistic heritage.  More

Summer school in Dobruška brings together Czech expats from around the world

21-08-2014 16:48 | Tom McEnchroe

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Each summer the small eastern Bohemian town of Dobruška becomes a home to dozens of people from around the world who come to reconnect with the language and customs of their Czech ancestors. The summer programme, organized by Prague’s Charles University and supported by the Czech government, offers intensive language courses as well as an insight into Czech culture and way of life.  More

Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland among recipients of 2014 awards for promoting good name of Czech Republic

09-06-2014 14:54 | Ian Willoughby

Agnieszka Holland, photo: CTK At a grand ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague on Friday, 14 individuals and one group received the annual Gratias Agit award, which goes to those who have promoted the good name of the Czech Republic internationally. Recipients included several figures from the world of culture, including acclaimed Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, the speaker of the Seychelles’ Parliament and representatives of Czech expatriate organisations.  More

Janet Seckel-Cerrotti: addressing a legacy of displacement

22-05-2014 15:45 | Daniela Lazarová

Hana Dubová, photo: archive of Judita Matyášová Hana Dubová was a Jewish girl from the town of Kolín living a normal, happy life surrounded by family and friends. She was just 14 when this carefree existence was brought to an abrupt end by the Nazi occupation. Hana was put on a train to Denmark, escaping with her bare life, never to see her friends and family again and unaware of the fact that she would move alone from place to place for eleven long years before she found a new home. Her American daughter Janet and granddaughter Rachael recently visited Europe to trace Hana’s footsteps and reconnect with their roots. Janet visited Radio Prague’s studio to talk about how her mother’s fate affected the lives of three generations.  More

Prague says no help for now for ethnic Czechs in Ukraine

25-03-2014 15:38 | Jan Richter

Ethnic Czechs in Malinovka, Ukraine, photo: Czech Television The Czech government is not planning to provide any special assistance to the Czech community in Ukraine. The decision comes after around 40 families with Czech roots from the Volhynia region asked to be relocated to their old country due to the turmoil in Ukraine. But the Czech government believes they face no immediate threat.  More

Czech expats in Ukraine want to repatriate to old country

17-03-2014 15:08 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Some 40 families of Czech expatriots from western Ukraine have asked the Czech government to help them repatriate to the old country, citing concerns about the future of Ukraine. The Czech government said it was looking at the petition while the Foreign Ministry says fast-track residency permits are available to expats from around the globe.  More

Ana Maria Janků: promoting Czech music is a link to my past

20-02-2014 15:42 | Daniela Lazarová

Ana Janků, photo: Kristýna Maková Ana Maria Janků was born in Argentina, but her link to her roots and in particular to Czech classical music is strong, thanks to the influence of her Czech parents. Today she is taking her own and her parent’s Czech legacy further by promoting Czech music at the Czech cultural centre in Buenos Aires. When she visited Radio Prague’s studio a few days ago we spoke about the fulfillment this brings her and why her work at the center has become the pivot of her life.  More

Milan Schulz, exiled author, RFE broadcaster dies in Munich

21-01-2014 16:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Milan Schulz, photo: CTK Czech-born author, journalist and Radio Free Europe broadcaster Milan Schulz died in Munich on Monday at the age of 83. He emigrated in 1969 but the link to his homeland remained firm and for hundreds of thousands of his compatriots behind the Iron Curtain his daily commentaries on RFE were a breath of fresh air in the constrained atmosphere of communist rule. I asked his former colleague broadcaster Petr Brod to share his memories of those days.  More



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