The agency Post Bellum, formed by a group of historians and journalists
with the aim of increasing public knowledge of the 20th century Czech
history, has published the results of a survey indicating that 60 percent
of young Czechs have no idea what happened in 1938. Only four in 10
respondents aged between 18 and 24 were able to say what the terms of the
Munich Agreement were.
Knowledge of what happened in 1948 and 1968 – the communist take-over and the Soviet-led invasion -was more sound thanks to information gained largely from their parents and grandparents.
The price of flats in Prague continues to rise. According to data made
public by a group of real estate agencies the average price of flats in
Prague rose by 24 percent year-on-year, reaching 94,000 crowns per square
meter at the end of the second quarter. As compared to the first quarter in
2018 this is a rise of 6.2 percent.
The head of the Trigema agency Marcel Soural said that until supply and demand are more balanced the rise in prices will not abate.
Czech-born photographer Antonin Kratochvíl, who works and resides in the
US, has been accused of sexual harassment, according to Colombia Journalism
Kratochvíl, who worked for prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Rolling Stone and Newsweek, is reported to have harassed a number of women, including photo journalist Anastasia-Taylor Lindt.
Kratochvíl has rejected the accusations. The photo agency VII, which he co-established in 2001, has suspended his membership and is said to be conducting an internal investigation.
The Czech minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, who is facing suspicions of
shortcomings in academic work he produced during his student career, has
said he would address the issue within a week. Metnar said he would have
his thesis examined in order to ascertain the extent of the problem.
Czech Television said that Mr. Metnar failed to include references to the sources he drew on in a thesis submitted in 2004. Two ministers have resigned from the recently installed coalition government over accusations of plagiarism.
The defence minister did not rule out resignation if wrongdoing was confirmed.
The Czech film director Julius Ševčík has completed shooting on an
adaptation of the novel The Glass Room by Simon Mawer, Czech Television
reported. The book was partly inspired by Brno’s Tugendhat Villa, one of
the most important Czech buildings of the 20th century. The movie features
among others the Czech actors Karel Roden and Karel Dobrý.
Director Ševčík’s previous work A Prominent Patient, which was about politician Jan Masaryk, picked up 12 prizes at the Czech Lion film awards.
Sixty Czech families must leave their homes within one month after losing a
court case. They were clients of a now bankrupt building company called
H-System and have now definitively lost a legal battle with the
administrator of their properties at Horoměřice near Prague, Josef
Mr. Monsport wants their apartments to be sold off to the benefit of other former clients of H-System, which was subject to asset stripping.
Justice Minister Jan Kněžínek said it was not appropriate for him to comment on the Supreme Court’s decision. However, he did highlight the possibility of the clients going to the Constitutional Court. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš described the verdict as unjust.
Three police officers in Ostrava who had their photos taken with the
convicted murderer Jiří Kajínek have been punished. However, the police
do not reveal the specific sanctions involved in such disciplinary cases.
In spring the policemen’s superiors condemned the three, saying their
action had threatened the honour of the profession.
The three posted on social media pictures of themselves with Kajínek, who has become something of a celebrity with a certain segment of the Czech population since being pardoned by President Miloš Zeman.
Tuesday is the 85th anniversary of the launch of construction work on
Prague airport. The site in the Ruzyně district was selected after the
city’s first airfield at Kbely proved inadequate. The building of the
airport took almost four years and the first flight from Ruzyně took place
in April 1937.
Decades of intermittent growth followed, with the most recent expansion being the opening of Terminal 2 in 2006. It was renamed Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2012, the year after the former president’s death.
Firefighters have ferried water to a fish pond in the East Bohemian town of
Přelouč to save carp and zander suffering due to a fall in the water
level, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. Recent dry weather has had a dramatic
impact on local ponds and administrators say they find dozens of dead fish
every day, the news site said.
Fish farmers say filling ponds is the only way to keep oxygen-starved fish alive. As the traditional seasonal food, the carp should reach Czech dinner tables next Christmas.
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