Hundreds of politicians and members of the public attended the annual
commemorative ceremony in Terezín, the site of a former Nazi concentration
camp and the Gestapo prison during WWII.
Speaking at the gathering, marking the camp's liberation, chairman of the lower house Radek Vondráček said we cannot allow history to repeat itself and we cannot permit its misinterpretation.
Between 1940 and 1945, more than 150,000 people, mostly Jews, passed through the Terezín ghetto on their way to Nazi extermination camps; 117,000 of them did not live to see the end of the war.
Above-average temperatures for the season are expected in the Czech Republic for the next four weeks. According to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, we can expect day temperatures around 22 degrees Celsius. Rainfall over the next month should be slightly below the long-term average.
Viktoria Plzeň have been crowned Czech football league champions after a
2:1 win over Teplice on Saturday evening. The West Bohemians secured the
title one round before the end of the season and gave themselves a seven
point lead on second-placed Slavia.
Plzeň, which won the league for the fifth time within the past eight years and for the third time in a row, have secured a spot in the Champions League’s playoffs next season.
This year’s Pavel Koutecký Award for Best Czech Documentary has gone to
Petr Horký for his film Švéd v žigulíku or The Russian Job. The
documentary follows a Swedish manager Bo Andersson who comes to Russia to
save the dying automaker company Avtovaz Car, the manufacturer of Lada.
The award giving ceremony took place in Ústí nad Labem on Saturday night. Over 80 documentaries were considered for the prize, with the winner eventually selected from a shortlist of five.
Pavel Koutecký was a filmmaker who died in 2006 at the age of 50, halfway through filming Citizen Havel, a portrait of the late president that subsequently became a great success.
Leadership of the Social Democratic Party has approved the list of
candidates nominated for ministerial functions in the future coalition
government that may be formed by the Social Democrats and ANO party.
The Social Democrats insist on Miroslav Poche’s candidature as Foreign Minister, despite president Miloš Zeman’s disapproval. MEP Poche had openly supported Zeman’s opponent, Jiří Drahoš, in the recent presidential elections.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs should be headed by the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Jan Hamáček and the Ministry of Labour by the chairman of the party branch in the Vysočina region, Petr Krčál. Agriculture Ministry should be entrusted to the current president of the Agrarian Chamber, Miroslav Toman, while the mayor of the city of Olomouc, Antonín Staněk, should be appointed Minister of Culture.
Over 24,400 people took part in the 53rd edition of the annual
long-distance march between Prague and the central Bohemian town of Prčice
on Saturday, which is the highest turnout since 1983.
Participants could choose in 16 different walks, the longest of which was 70 kilometers log. The traditional event, which takes place on the third weekend in May, was established in 1966 and enjoyed its heyday in the 1980s.
Zdeněk Wasserbauer has been consecrated as the new auxiliary bishop of
Prague Archdiocese. The ceremony, which was attended by hundreds of people,
took place in St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle on Saturday.
The newly ordained bishop, who previously served as vicar general of the archdiocese, had been appointed to the office by Pope Francis in January this year.
The fourth edition of the Open House festival gets underway in Prague on
Saturday, allowing people to visit buildings and spaces which are otherwise
inaccessible to the public.
A record 65 buildings, from historical sights to state-of-the art office buildings, will be open to the public over the weekend, including the former restaurant of the Brussels exhibition EXPO 58 or the original Zátka’s soda plant.
On the occasion of this year’s 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, the festival will also offer twenty buildings built between the World Wars, Tyrš House, the home of the Sokol movement.
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