This week, we speak to Jana Horakova-Kansky, daughter of one of Czechoslovakia's best known victims of Communist-era oppression, the democratic MP and wartime resistance hero Milada Horakova. Jana, Milada Horakova's only child, was just a teenager when her mother was executed on trumped up charges of treason and espionage in a 1950 show trial. Her father - who was also targeted by the Communist regime - made a daring escape from Czechoslovakia shortly afterwards, leaving Jana in the care of relatives. For years she was denied the opportunity to
The great Czech photographer Eva Fuka recently celebrated her 80th birthday at the opening of an exhibition of her work at Prague's Kampa Museum. She had returned to the city of her birth in the early part of this decade, after spending half her life in America. In this the second half of a two-part interview, Eva recalls how she and her first husband, the artist Vladimir Fuka, left Czechoslovakia in 1967 in something of a hurry; after getting permission for a short trip abroad, they had to leave almost all of their belongings, in case the communist
Eva Fuka, who turned 80 earlier this month, has been described as one of the most important post-war Czech photographers. Some of her best known pictures were taken in the mid 1960s in New York, a city she was to settle in a few years later, when she left Czechoslovakia with her husband Vladimir Fuka, himself a leading artist at that time. Today, in the first half of a two-part interview, Eva Fuka recalls growing up in the First Republic, the war era, the problems she and Vladimir had with the Communists, and her first visit to the city she later
A short ceremony was held in Prague on Friday morning to commemorate the thousands of Russian émigrés who were illegally abducted by the Soviet secret police at the close of World War Two. The abductions began as soon as the Red Army began to liberate Czechoslovakia in 1944, and continued long after the Soviets arrived in Prague in May 1945. It's one of the most mysterious chapters in Czechoslovakia's 20th century history, but their fate has not been forgotten.
The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord is a dominant building in Prague's Vinohrady district. Designed by Slovene architect Josip Plecnik, it is one of the more modern churches in the city. It was consecrated on May 8 1932 and the Czech Catholic Church celebrated this 75th anniversary with a mass given by Cardinal Miloslav Vlk on Tuesday. Dita Asiedu takes a closer look at this historic Prague landmark:
This Tuesday saw the 62nd anniversary of V-E day which marked the end of World War II In Europe. Harold Yeglin, a US GI at the time, was then part of the 97th Infantry Division which had secured parts of Czechoslovakia. His company was in the west of the country when the war in Europe ended on May 8th. As a result of his wartime experience he has continued to follow events in the Czech Republic since.
It is quite possible that you will not have heard of the great 17th century artist Vaclav Hollar, or Wenceslaus Hollar as he is known internationally. But it is very likely that you will have seen some of his wonderful images of Prague or London, the city with which he is most closely associated. Indeed, Hollar was - as one book about the artist puts it - "The Man Who Drew London".