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Last British Wellington bomber, undergoing final stage of restoration work, could be used to honour Czechoslovak WW II airmen

24-01-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Jiří Hošek Public broadcaster Czech Radio has backed in initiative for a Vickers Wellington bomber undergoing restoration work in Great Britain to feature the markings of the Czechoslovak 311th squadron which flew with that type of RAF bomber in World War II. Czech Radio’s correspondent in London, Jiří Hošek, first learned of the reconstruction project last autumn, and came forward with the idea. What are the chances the plane could feature the colours of the 311th? And what is the aircraft’s place in Czechoslovak military history? Find out in today’s edition.  More

Warhol kept home and work worlds separate and wouldn’t speak Carpathian outside family, recalls nephew James Warhola

01-01-2015 02:01 | Miroslav Krupička

James Warhola: Uncle Andy paints Soup Can (with Company), photo: Miroslav Krupička The recently opened Pop Art Centre in Prague’s Old Town features works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana. But the biggest draw at the gallery on Husová St. will no doubt be pieces by Andy Warhol. The pop art pioneer had close ties to this part of the world, given that his family were Ruthenes who came from what is today northeastern Slovakia. Among those at the launch of the Pop Art Centre was Warhol’s nephew James Warhola, himself a noted book illustrator. Indeed, paintings by James Warhola from the book Uncle Andy’s – drawing on the time he spent with Warhol as a child – are also on display at the downtown gallery. At the opening, Radio Prague’s editor-in-chief Miroslav Krupička spoke to James Warhola about “Uncle Andy” – and much more.  More

Czech Republic to repatriate ethnic Czechs from eastern Ukraine

01-12-2014 15:49 | Jan Richter

A destroyed Ukrainian army tank near the village of Lebedynske, Ukraine, photo: CTK The Czech Republic will repatriate between 30 and 50 ethnic Czechs from eastern Ukraine, the daily Lidové noviny reported on Monday quoting government sources. The paper says that the Interior Ministry has started verifying the identity of people from the conflict-ridden Donbas region who have applied for repatriation; if their Czech ancestry is confirmed, they could be repatriated over the next several months. The move comes after months of debates on how many, if any at all, ethnic Czechs from Ukraine could relocate to the Czech Republic. I discussed the latest plan with Lidové noviny reporter Kateřina Šafaříková.  More

The deep scars of the Cold War: Victoria Dougherty draws on own family’s dramatic history for The Bone Church

28-10-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Victoria Dougherty, photo: Ian Willoughby In the profile on her blog site, Victoria Dougherty writes that she comes from “the ultimate Cold War family”, a description it would be hard to disagree with. In this special programme, the author, who lived in Prague in the early 1990s, discusses their dramatic, sometime heart-wrenching stories – and how her grandparents’ experiences helped inform her novel The Bone Church.  More

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



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