An article called "Hitler - Gentleman", referred to by President
Milǒs Zeman in a speech in January 2015, has been found, ending
speculation about its existence ever since. But the article in question,
published on February 24,1937, appeared not in Přítomnost, as Mr Zeman
claimed, but in Rudé Právo. Novinky.cz and other sources report that most
significantly, it was not written by legendary Czech journalist Ferdinand
Peroutka and was not favorable but critical of Hitler and Nazism.
According to available information, the article in the newspaper was reaction to a story published a day earlier in the agrarian right-wing daily Venkov, which had quoted Czech legionnaires describing Hitler as an "affable fellow" and someone they did not think wanted to start a war in Europe. The article, which featured no byline, was labelled an unprecedented provocation by Rudé Právo.
The president's claim that the 'Gentleman' article was written by Ferdinand Peroutka led to a lawsuit from the journalist's granddaughter; a court recently ordered the head of state to apologize, but the Office of the President filed an appellate complaint in response.
The 'Hitler-Gentleman' article was reportedly uncovered by historian Jan Galandauer while conducting other research. The president's spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, reacted with a tweet on Saturday morning, saying he considered the find "an interesting clue".
Power, sex, and film world glamour, against the backdrop of the rise and fall of the Nazi regime. The story of Czechoslovak film actress, Lída Baarová, has it all. And it’s therefore not surprising that the Czech film world has returned yet again to Baarová this month, first with a documentary film about the actress and then with a full length feature film.
One of the early atrocities of World War Two was the violent suppression of protests by Czech university students on 28 October 1939. This was just over six months after German troops had marched into Prague. One student was killed and three weeks later a further nine were executed. Twelve hundred more were sent to concentration camps. The news caused outrage in countries fighting Nazi Germany and 17 November was declared International Students’ Day. With the help of staff from the Czech Radio archive, David Vaughan and students from the Anglo-American
Hello and welcome to a special programme marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Joining me in the studio today is noted historian and author Professor Jan Rychlík. Rather than simply do the obvious and discuss the end of World War II, I thought it might be interesting to focus on the efforts of the Czech resistance throughout the duration of the war.
The Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman has appealed the ruling of a Brno court that cleared the publishers of Adolf Hitler’s speeches free of charges of propagating Nazism. The regional court in Brno in January upheld an earlier verdict that found no evidence that the collection of Hitler’s speeches promoted the Nazi ideology. The book, which was released in 2012, consists of 18 addresses delivered by the Nazi dictator between 1939 and 1942. An editor and two co-owners of a Brno-based publishing house, Guidemedia, faced up to ten years in jail on charges of propagating Nazism. The case will now be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
The publishers of Adolf Hitler’s speeches who were prosecuted, but not convicted, of propagating Nazism are demanding over seven million crowns in compensation from the state. An editor and two co-owners of a Brno-based publishing house were cleared of charges in January, after the court issued a verdict that found no evidence that the collection of Hitler’s speeches promoted the Nazi ideology. The book, which was released in 2012, consists of 18 addresses delivered by the Nazi dictator between 1939 and 1942.
A court in Brno has cleared the publishers of Adolf Hitler’s speeches of charges of propagating Nazism. The regional court on Friday upheld the verdict of a court in Brno issued in September last year, which found no evidence that the collection of Hitler’s speeches promoted the Nazi ideology. Two co-owners of a Brno-based publishing house, Guidemedia, and an editor faced up to ten years in jail on charges of propagating Nazism. The book, which was released in 2012, consists of 18 addresses delivered by the Nazi dictator between 1939 and 1942.
The municipal court in Brno on Wednesday acquitted two publishers and an editor, who were accused of propagating Nazism by publishing Adolf Hitler’s speeches. The publishers of the book said they wanted to make historic documents accessible to Czech readers while making a profit, arguing that Hitler was a “stronger brand that Coca-Cola”. The prosecution argued that Hitler’s thoughts were not placed in proper context, and could therefore influence uninformed readers. The judge said that the publishers clearly stated in the preface that they were submitting the texts to the readers in their authentic form without trying to evaluate them.