An open-air photo exhibition documenting the history of Czechoslovakia and
later the Czech Republic over the past 100 years has just opened in the
west Bohemian town of Plzen.
The photographs were taken by ctk news agency reporters and document the daily life of citizens as well as milestone moments in the country’s history. They were selected from an archive containing several million photographs.
The exhibition, marking the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, runs until August 19.
As part of this year’s celebrations of the centenary of modern Czech statehood, Czech president Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska undertook a joint ride on a historical train to mark the anniversary of the declaration of independent Czechoslovakia and also to commemorate its first head of the state Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
Czech President Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiška will
travel together today in a historic presidential train as part of ongoing
events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of
The heads of state will stop in Hodonín in the Czech Republic where they will place a wreath in honour of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
Later in the day, Zeman and Kiška will go to Topoľčianky in neighbouring Slovakia, the site of Masaryk’s favourite summer retreat.
One hundred years ago this October, just before the end of World War I, Czechoslovakia declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. While these are basic historical facts you might expect every schoolchild to know, a newly released poll shows that almost 1 in 5 adults cannot name an event from 1918 – and even fewer knew the basic history of more recent decades.
French President Emmanuel Macron, along with Czech and Slovak prime
ministers Andrej Babiš and Petr Pellegrini, will attend a ceremony marking
the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak armed forces, the
French weekly Vosges matin wrote this week.
The event will take place on June 30 at a memorial site in Darney in the north-east of France, where some 6,000 Czechoslovak legionaries swore allegiance to the emerging Czechoslovakia on June 30, 1918.
For the third year now, the Moravian capital Brno is hosting an international event that brings together representatives of various nationalities, cultures and faiths. The festival titled Meeting Brno features discussions, exhibitions, concerts, walks, screenings and much more, in an effort to prove that the city whose multicultural history was severed by the horrors and aftermaths of WWII is embracing its past and looking forward into the future.
The importance of the Pittsburgh Agreement was recalled in an event at the
Czech Senate on Wednesday evening. Senate deputy chairman Jaroslav Kubera,
Slovak ambassador Peter Weiss and US ambassador Stephen B. King were among
those who attended the ceremony, which came on the eve of the 100th
anniversary of the document’s signing.
The Pittsburgh Agreement was a memorandum of understanding between the Czech and Slovak communities in the US to create an independent Czechoslovakia. It was signed on May 31, 1918 and the new country came into existence in October of that year.
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.