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  • Czech home owners find Jewish belongings from WWII

    12/13/2014 5:17:28 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    REUTERS - J Post ^ | 12/12/2014
    Amongst the findings were shoes and photos hidden by Jewish prisoners of the Holocaust. PRAGUE - House owners rebuilding their attic in the Czech town of Terezinhave found photos, shoes and other possessions of Jews forced into a ghetto there under Nazi rule, a heritage project said on Thursday. Terezin (Theresienstadt), a fortress and garrison town built at the end of the 18th century, was used by the Nazis as a transit camp for Jews rounded up in Czechoslovakia and deported from elsewhere in Europe. They were held in the ghetto until they could be transported to camps farther east....
  • On anniversary of toppling Moscow's rule, Czechs fear back-sliding

    11/16/2014 5:48:26 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:06am GMT | Jan Lopatka
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs who helped bring about the "Velvet Revolution" that overthrew Kremlin-backed Communist rule are marking the 25th anniversary this week by accusing the country's present-day leaders of once again cosying up to Russia.
  • At least 4 NATO troops reported killed in Afghan suicide bombing [Czech]

    07/08/2014 6:53:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    Updated News [Canada] ^ | July 8, 2014 | N/A
    Four NATO troops have been killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Parwan province, the ISAF confirmed. The blast also killed two Afghan policemen and at least 10 civilians, local police said. Some reports say the NATO soldiers killed in the attack were from the Czech Republic. Earlier Ziaul Rahman Sayedkhili, a senior police officer in the eastern province of Parwan, said the blast had killed six NATO servicemen. He said a joint ISAF-Afghan force was deployed to the village of Qalandar Khil to investigate a rocket attack on a military base, which happened two days ago, and was targeted...
  • How Four Israeli Fighter Pilots Stopped A Massive Arab Invasion In 1948

    05/17/2014 12:59:52 PM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/16/2014 | Corey Adwar
    Steven Pressfield's new book "The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War" contains a remarkable account of the Israeli Air Force's first-ever mission in 1948, in which four planes succeeded against overwhelming odds to stop a massive Egyptian army in its tracks. When Israel became an independent nation on May 14, 1948, the armies of four Arab neighbors — Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq — immediately invaded the new country to prevent its creation. The Israelis were desperate to defend themselves, but they lacked many modern weapons and had no aircraft to protect troops, Pressfield wrote....
  • Czech Plzen celebrates Victory, liberation by US army

    05/06/2014 2:31:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    ceskenoviny.cz ^ | May 6, 2014
    Plzen - The five-day Liberation Festival that celebrated the end of World War Two and the arrival of the U.S. army in Plzen on May 6, 1945 ended with a commemorative event at the memorial to the American troops. The speakers at the event, who included Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Senate chairman Milan Stech, also talked of Ukraine and warned against a military conflict. Sobotka said the former Czechoslovak communist regime tried to suppress the memories of the liberation of Plzen by U.S. soldiers. He noted that Czechoslovakia was also liberated by Russian, Polish and Romanian troops. Sobotka told...
  • John Baird compares Russia's actions in Ukraine to Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia

    03/04/2014 11:52:34 AM PST · by Dave346 · 58 replies
    CBC News ^ | Mar 03, 2014 3:01 PM ET | Leslie MacKinnon
    Russian troop presence in Crimea compared to what Germans did in Sudetenland in 1938 Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has compared Russia's troop presence in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula to Hitler's invasion of Sudetenland, a part of the former Czechoslovakia, in 1938. Baird, speaking to host Evan Solomon on CBC News Network's Power & Politics, accused Russia of invading and occupying Crimea, a part of Ukraine. "If it's not war, it's akin to war," he said. At first, Baird said the situation was "right out of the Cold War." When Solomon pointed out Putin claims he is protecting Russian rights in...
  • Staying Out of Other People's Wars

    02/08/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | February 8, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "If these negotiations [with Iran] fail, there are two grim alternatives," said Sen. Richard Durbin, "a nuclear Iran, or war, or perhaps both." Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham returned from the Munich security conference saying that even John Kerry agrees that President Obama's Syrian policy has failed. They are urging another look at air strikes. North Korea is warning that should the annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises go forward in March, it could mean war, possibly nuclear war. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III this week compared his country's situation to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and the disputed islets off his...
  • Czech Officials Want PA Embassy Moved Following Blast

    01/04/2014 7:30:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/14 | Elad Benari
    The Prague district hosting the embassy of the Palestinian Authority wants it moved after the ambassador was killed in a mysterious explosion this past week, local officials told AFP on Friday. "We asked the Czech foreign ministry for the embassy to be moved out of our district," Petr Hejl, senior councilor of Prague's Suchdol district, said. "The district feels betrayed by the behavior of diplomats who kept weapons and explosives at the embassy, violating Czech and international law," he told the news agency. Police said they found unregistered weapons at the PA’s diplomatic mission, but would not elaborate on the...
  • ‘No explosive device on safe that killed Palestine envoy’

    01/03/2014 2:20:48 PM PST · by robowombat · 21 replies
    Arab News ^ | Published — Friday 3 January 2014
    ‘No explosive device on safe that killed Palestine envoy’  Published — Friday 3 January 2014 Last update 3 January 2014 1:06 am PRAGUE: A safe that exploded at the Palestinian residence in Prague, killing the ambassador, was used almost daily for storing cash, and embassy staff were not aware of any explosive safety device in it, the embassy spokesman said on Thursday. Czech police on Wednesday ruled out what they called a “terrorist attack” and said the likely cause was that a safety device that was part of the safe blew up and fatally wounded Ambassador Jamal Al-Jamal. However,...
  • Rare color footage From World War 11

    01/03/2014 3:41:06 PM PST · by navysealdad · 43 replies
    Footage showing surrendering troops to US Army. southern Bohemia, Czechoslovakia 1945. Isn't strange that some Germans still carry weapons when surrendering plus a few shots from Prague.
  • US film historians find treasure in Czech archive

    12/21/2013 5:54:21 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    radio.cz ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jan Richter
    American film historians recently came across a fascinating discovery when they found the Czech National Film Archive has the only surviving print of the 1929 US movie, the Mysterious Island. The archive in Prague stores around 500 films from Hollywood’s early days, proof that the global dominance of American cinema goes all the way back to the birth of the film industry.The epic American movie The Mysterious Island, loosely based on the French writer Jules Verne’s adventurous novel, was released in 1929. The Technicolor film starred, among others, the Oscar-winning actor Lionel Barrymore. But it became a financial and critical...
  • Neville Chamberlain Was Right (Essays in Leftism)

    10/01/2013 9:29:15 AM PDT · by mojito · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/28/2013 | Nick Baumann
    Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact, handing portions of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler's Germany. Chamberlain returned to Britain to popular acclaim, declaring that he had secured "peace for our time." Today the prime minister is generally portrayed as a foolish man who was wrong to try to "appease" Hitler—a cautionary tale for any leader silly enough to prefer negotiation to confrontation. But among historians, that view changed in the late 1950s, when the British government began making Chamberlain-era records available to researchers. "The result of this was the discovery of...
  • MfD: Communist secret service agent accused after 60 years

    08/20/2013 8:43:56 AM PDT · by null and void · 13 replies
    Prague, Aug 19 (CTK) - The police have accused the organiser of the Communist secret service StB plot called Kamen (Stone) aimed to catch people trying to escape from then Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Monday. If convicted, the man, aged 92, who lives in Prague, may be sentenced up to 10 years in prison, MfD writes. Shortly after the 1948 Communist coup, the StB started catching the escapees in a trap under the cover name Kamen, it adds. A false border was established in order to make them believe that they could forget...
  • Was the mastermind of The Great Escape also linked to the death of Heydrich?

    08/10/2013 12:51:01 PM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 08/10/2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    He was the mastermind of the mass prison break from a German camp which inspired the iconic film The Great Escape. But a new book has now suggested Spitfire pilot Roger Bushell could also have been linked to the assassination of notorious Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, known as 'Hitler's Hangman' and the acting Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. Simon Pearson's The Great Escaper places Bushell in Prague at the time Heydrich's car was bombed by Czechoslovakian Jan Kubiš, and Slovak Jozef Gabčík, which led to the Nazi officer's death a number of days later.
  • The Unsung British Hero With His Own Schindler’s List

    05/18/2013 6:22:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 May 2013 | Neil Tweedie
    Nicholas Winton rescued hundreds of young Jews from the Nazis and is a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. We meet some of the children he savedThe birthday party will be modest and understated, in keeping with the man. Sir Nicholas Winton is 104 tomorrow and naturally some of his children will be there to wish him well. Not only his blood offspring but those known as Winton’s Children – the ones he saved from near-certain death three-quarters of a century ago. Nicholas – Nicky – Winton hates to be thought of as a hero, hates being compared with Oskar...
  • Countdowns in Tehran and Jerusalem

    08/23/2012 5:03:42 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | August 22, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    If Israel jets show up in Iranian airspace, it will most likely happen while Obama is too busy accusing Mitt Romney of secretly storing all his money in a giant cave in the Rocky Mountains to do more than dispatch a flunky to chew out Netanyahu over the phone. The election is the perfect window for a strike on Iran's nuclear program, because Team Obama will be too tied down on the Romney Front to do much damage to Israel. Despite the signs being brandished at your local Anarchists for Peace rally, accusing the United States of being a puppet...
  • Himmler and Heydrich: Hitler’s Lieutenants

    01/09/2012 6:57:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | JACOB HEILBRUNN
    In June 1942, Thomas Mann, who was living in exile in California, delivered a commentary on a German-language BBC radio program that decried the sanguinary actions of the Third Reich in avenging the assassination of the leading SS official Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. After Heydrich’s elaborate funeral ceremony at the new Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Hitler screamed at the Czech president, Emil Hacha, “Nothing can prevent me from deporting millions of Czechs if they do not wish for peaceful coexistence.” It wasn’t an idle threat. “Since the violent death of Heydrich,” Mann lamented, “terror is raging everywhere, in a more...
  • Vaclav Havel Crushed Communism By Speaking The Truth

    12/20/2011 11:32:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 19 Dec 2011 | Editorial
    Leadership: Europe's outpouring of grief over the death of Vaclav Havel, hero of Czechoslovakia's great Velvet Revolution, says much about its longing for more like him. His honesty and courage liberated Europe. Some 75,000 Czechs bearing roses and candles lined up in Wenceslas Square beginning Sunday, as they once did in 1989, to pay tribute to one of the greatest freedom fighters of the 20th century. Havel died Sunday at age 75 after liberating his country, leading his nation as president from 1989-2003, and voicing his moral authority to scourge lingering tyrants in Cuba, Burma and China. Havel, a playwright...
  • Vaclav Havel, Czech leader and playwright, dies at 75

    12/18/2011 4:14:12 AM PST · by untenured · 11 replies
    Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic's first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75. The former dissident playwright, who suffered from prolonged ill-health, died on Sunday morning, his secretary Sabina Tancecova said. As president, he presided over Czechoslovakia's transition to democracy and a free-market economy.
  • Former Czech Leader Charged for Calling Islam an Enemy

    09/19/2011 3:43:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Former Czech Prime Milos Zeman may face criminal charges for calling Islam an ”anti-civilization” enemy whose type of thinking he compared with the Nazis. Speaking at an international conference on Europe last month, Zeman stated, “The enemy is the anti-civilization spreading from North Africa to Indonesia. Two billion people live in it and it is financed partly from oil sales and partly from drug sales.” The former prime minister, who is known for strong statements and insulting speeches, last week compared the manner and strength of Muslim beliefs in the Koran with the followers of Nazism, who he noted believed...
  • Czechs consider banning Communist Party

    07/29/2011 9:33:37 AM PDT · by yoe · 48 replies
    AP ^ | July 29, 2011 | KAREL JANICEK
    PRAGUE (AP) -- They're the Czech Republic's fourth-largest political party, but the hardline Communists could soon be outlawed if the center-right government has its way. It's more than two decades since communism collapsed here, but the survivors and ideological heirs to the party that ruled from 1948 until the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989 are under increasing political pressure. Petr Necas' government has taken the first step toward a possible ban by asking the Interior Ministry to work on a legal complaint to make it happen. A study commissioned by a Senate committee compiled numerous complaints from lawmakers about their conduct....
  • Another Tack: Roll over Beethoven

    11/14/2010 9:28:43 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sarah Honig
    Even Barack Obama’s midterm electoral humiliation won’t redeem US foreign policy. The problem didn’t begin with the history-deficient mind-set of American students who’ll earn their bachelor’s degrees in 2014. But the intellectual rootlessness of the class of 2014 exacerbates the flaws. Today’s students/ tomorrow’s leaders fertilize the soil into which bad seeds are sown by the current Washington elite. On the simplistic level it was a hoot to read that to the class of 2014 Beethoven is a movie pooch, Michelangelo was a computer virus and Czechoslovakia never existed. For the past 13 years Beloit College’s Mind-Set List by Tom...
  • Sharon to US: Don't turn Israel into Czechoslovakia

    10/04/2001 12:16:59 PM PDT · by ipaq2000 · 208 replies · 871+ views
    JPOST ^ | OCT 4
    20:40) Sharon to US: Don't turn Israel into Czechoslovakia Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has instructed the IDF to use whatever means necessary to defend the country, he told reporters tonight. He made his comments after three Israelis were killed this afternoon in Afula, and a terror attack overnight in Jerusalem in which two people were injured. He also urged the United States not to turn its back on Israel in favor of the Arab states in the way Europe ignored Czechoslovakia in 1938. The results of that move were calamitous, he said. There is considerable concern in Jerusalem that the ...
  • In Netanyahu, Israel Has Its Own Churchill

    08/11/2010 6:18:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2010 | GEORGE F.WILL
    JERUSALEM — Two photographs adorn the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike — in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies — than Netanyahu, the former commando and fierce nationalist, and Barack Obama, the former professor and post-nationalist. One photograph is of Theodor Herzl, born 150 years ago. Dismayed by the eruption of anti-Semitism in France during the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the 19th century, Herzl became Zionism's founding father. Long before the Holocaust, he concluded that Jews could find safety only in a national...
  • Czech Wounds Still Open, Communists Face a Ban

    12/27/2009 4:06:13 AM PST · by UAConservative · 13 replies · 732+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 26, 2009 | Dan Bilefsky and Jan Krcmar
    PRAGUE — For many Czechs, it is a historical reckoning that is 20 years too late. Two decades after the Velvet Revolution overthrew Communist rule here in 1989, a group of Czech senators is pressing to ban the Communist Party, the only surviving one in the former Soviet bloc in Europe and, to its many critics, a national embarrassment and aberration. “The Communists ruined this country and oppressed freedom and yet here they are 20 years later in our Parliament,” said David Cerny, the iconoclastic Czech artist, who in 1991 painted a Soviet tank pink, transforming a memorial to the...
  • Church played key role in fall of communism in Czechoslovakia

    11/16/2009 12:17:41 PM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 305+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | Monday, November 16, 2009 | DANIEL McLAUGHLIN
    BORN INTO a Catholic family in communist Czechoslovakia, Terezie Hradilkova seemed destined to become a dissident. Snip...“My parents were never in the Communist Party, and were active Catholics. Twice a year a secret Mass would be held here, and Catholics from East Germany would meet up,” recalled Hradilkova, sitting in the kitchen where those Masses were held in defiance of a ban on unlicensed church services.
  • They're Back (The Russians)

    09/18/2009 10:47:51 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 23 replies · 896+ views
    JINSA ^ | September 18, 2009 | JINSA Report #925
    Assume for the moment that President Obama's sea-based interceptor plan adequately addresses the threat posed to Europe by Iran. Further assume that Secretary Gate's shift from selling his former president's proposal to selling his current president's proposal represents an honest evaluation of a changing threat based on intelligence information that is complete and accurate. Those are very big assumptions, but go with them for a moment. If true, one could assume the American administration simply found a happy confluence of events - a desire to "reset" U.S. relations with Russia; Russia not wanting the heavy American commitment to Poland and...
  • Lessons from the Sudetenland : A Contribution by Benjamin Netanyahu

    09/16/2009 12:24:10 PM PDT · by Scythian · 10 replies · 514+ views
    History teaches us that man learns nothing from history. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel[Editor's Note: Forty-nine years ago last month, the nation Israel was reestablished in the Land. Thirty years ago this month, as a result of the famed Six Day War, Israel regained Biblical Jerusalem, as well as Gaza, the Sinai, and the Golan Heights. Although these areas were part of the original mandated land, and are undeniably essential for Israel's defense, it has become strangely "politically correct" to assume that peace in the Middle East is dependent upon their yielding these lands-the so-called "West Bank"-back to their enemies which...
  • Obama radio critic finds talk show time slashed

    01/02/2009 2:11:43 AM PST · by Man50D · 34 replies · 1,607+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 01, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Politically active Barack Obama supporters in Michigan have tried to silence criticism of the president-elect on a talk program at a community radio station by cutting its air time, the program host says. Officials with radio station WRHC told WND the dispute involved talk show host Martin Dzuris' coverage of local issues as well as national issues. But Dzuris explained in a lengthy interview with WND he attended at least one meeting where radio station officials discussed specifically how to reduce Dzuris' criticism of Obama, which has linked Obama's statements taken directly from his speeches to Marxism. Dzuris said one...
  • "RECREATE '68" Russian style: Georgia = Czechoslovakia? (many photos)

    09/02/2008 9:06:14 AM PDT · by ETL · 8 replies · 426+ views
    several sources | several authors
    August 2008:"The crisis was sparked earlier this week when Georgia sent troops into the breakaway province of South Ossetia to quell a Russian-backed separatist uprising. Russia responded by sending its troops into Georgia and the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali." http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Russia-On-Verge-Of-All-Out-War-As-Troops-Clash-In-Georgias-South-Ossetia/Article/200808215074261?lpos=World%2BNews_4&lid=ARTICLE_15074261_Russia%2BOn%2BVerge%2BOf%2BAll-Out%2BWar%2BAs%2BTroops%2BClash%2BIn%2BGeo Source for these photos:http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Georgia-South-Ossetia-Conflict---Missiles-Soldiers-Tanks/Media-Gallery/200808215074059 ______________________________________________________ May 2008: "Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's new president, delivered a coded rebuke to the West yesterday as Russia paraded its nuclear missiles through Red Square in a show of force not seen since Soviet times."http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/1942177/Russia-puts-on-a-Soviet-show-of-might.html "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century" -Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the collapse of the Soviet Union... "World democratic...
  • Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia [Russia's version of "Recreate '68"]

    08/23/2008 9:06:15 PM PDT · by ETL · 4 replies · 1,174+ views
    Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia (1968) The general dissatisfaction within the Czechoslovak military became increasingly evident. In 1966 Czechoslovakia, following the lead of Romania, rejected the Soviet Union's call for more military integration within the Warsaw Pact and sought greater input in planning and strategy for the Warsaw Pact's non-Soviet members. At the same time, plans to effect great structural changes in Czechoslovak military organizations were under discussion. All these debates heated up in 1968 during the period of political liberalization known as the Prague Spring, when CSLA commanders put forward plans to democratize the armed forces, plans that included limiting...
  • 40th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia

    08/21/2008 3:14:25 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 6 replies · 226+ views
    Radio Praha ^ | 21-08-2008
    This August 21st marks 40 years since the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops, an invasion meticulously planned by the Soviet Union to crush the period of economic and political reforms known as the Prague Spring. Within hours of late August 20th and early August 21st some 2,000 tanks as well as an estimated 200,000 troops had poured in. It was the beginning of the occupation which changed the course of Czechoslovak history. Marta Hubscherová – a former radio reporter - witnessed the arrival of the first tanks in northern Bohemia; in an interview for Radio Prague in 2004...
  • McCain Mistakenly Refers to Defunct Czechoslovakia at Town Hall Meeting

    07/16/2008 8:49:15 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 60 replies · 178+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2008-07-16
    In a townhall meeting held Tuesday in Albuquerque, N.M., John McCain mistakenly referred to current events in Czechoslovakia, a country that ceased to exist in 1993 after separating into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. McCain expressed “regret some of the recent behavior that Russia has exhibited…including reduction in oil supplies to Czechoslovakia.”
  • Why We Need More Leaders Like Vaclav Havel

    06/08/2008 4:35:40 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 146+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 6/6/08 | Bruce Bawer
    In these decadent times when powerful people in the West cannot conceive of any response to totalitarian jihad other than rank appeasement, and when the name of Che Guevara, a bloodthirsty Stalinist and enemy of freedom, is synonymous with heroism, it is vital that free people be familiar with — and honor — the examples of those valiant few who, living under totalitarianism, have stood up to it with a courage that today’s appeasers of Islam could hardly imagine. Among the greatest of these heroes is Vaclav Havel. Born in 1936, Havel spent his early years under the two major...
  • MfD: Experts uncover Prague's oldest ramparts

    12/20/2007 7:44:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies · 128+ views
    Prague Monitor ^ | Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | Czech News Agency
    Archaeologists have uncovered parts of Prague's oldest ramparts, dating back to the turn of the 9th and 10th centuries, thus verifying the then Jewish globetrotter Ibrahim ibn Jaqub's description of Prague as "a town made of stone and lime," the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote Monday... The archaeologists uncovered the remnants of wall in the cellar of the Academy of Performing Arts building, 5 metres underground. A thousand years ago the walls were part of one of Prague's main entrance gates, though which the town was entered from the western and souther directions... Prague, including its ramparts, attracted Ibrahim...
  • Return of Devil's Bible to Prague draws crowds

    09/23/2007 4:38:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 761+ views
    AP ^ | September 21, 2007
    jdkf dkPRAGUE, Czech Republic: Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible — a medieval manuscript said to have been written 800 years ago with the devil's help — has returned to Prague after an absence of 359 years. And Czechs were eager to see it, officials said Friday.The priceless piece, considered the biggest medieval book, was taken from the Prague Castle by Swedish troops at the end of the Thirty Years' War in 1648. It is in Prague on loan from Sweden's Royal Library in Stockholm. It was put on display under high security at the Czech National Library.Its...
  • Czech Parliament Unlikely to Legalize Euthanasia

    08/24/2007 12:22:07 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 208+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 23, 2007 | Hilary White
    Czech Parliament Unlikely to Legalize Euthanasia By Hilary White PRAGUE, August 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Czech Chamber of Deputies, the equivalent of the House of Commons, are unlikely to pass a measure that would legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Of 186 deputies from the 200-seat Chamber, 92 said they did not want physician-assisted suicide to become legal with sixty deputies supporting legalization and 34 undecided. The daily paper, Mladá fronta Dnes, reported in July that the highest support for euthanasia (70 percent) is among the followers of the rightist Civic Democrats (ODS) of Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek. ODS Deputy, Boris...
  • A Date Worth Remembering: August 20, 1968 (Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia)

    08/19/2007 11:46:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 1,000+ views
    The Student Operated Press ^ | August 19, 2007 | Krzys Wasilewski
    A Date Worth Remembering: August 20, 1968 by Krzys Wasilewski On August 20, 1968, the forces of the Warsaw Pact crossed the borders of Czechoslovakia to provide “fraternal help,” or rather, reinstate a hard-line communist regime. In a matter of two weeks, 200,000 soldiers from Bulgaria, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and the Soviet Union quenched the liberal rebellion, burying the hopes of easing the Soviet grip in Central Europe for decades. Although it lacked the geographic importance of Poland or East Germany, Czechoslovakia still remained an important place on the map of the USSR’s influence. Shortly after the end of...
  • Czechs remember Russians abducted by Soviet secret police

    05/18/2007 12:48:30 PM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 584+ views
    ICE ^ | 18.5.2007 | Rob Cameron
    Czechs remember Russians abducted by Soviet secret police 18.5.2007 - Rob Cameron In Prague last week there was a brief ceremony to commemorate the thousands of Russian émigrés 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 the fate of those abducted has not been forgotten. A military band played and the wind blew through...
  • U.S. plans missile bases in Europe (Eastern Europe; Czech Republic , Poland)

    01/22/2007 12:57:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 700+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/07 | Vanessa Gera - ap
    WARSAW, Poland - The United States has entered a decisive phase in a plan to set up missile defense sites in Eastern Europe — a system Washington says is aimed at protecting itself and its allies against potential attacks from the Middle East. But the prospect of sophisticated U.S. radar and interceptor systems in formerly communist Eastern Europe has led Russian military leaders to warn of a new arms race. The system "would create a clear threat for Russia," Col. Gen. Vladimir Popovkin, the chief of Russia's Space Forces, warned Monday. The United States told Polish leaders it wants to...
  • Jan Palach's suicide remembered 38 years on

    01/21/2007 9:59:49 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 565+ views
    Radio Praha ^ | 16-01-2007 | Rob Cameron
    Jan Palach's suicide remembered 38 years on [16-01-2007] By Rob Cameron Tuesday marks the 38th anniversary of the self-immolation of Jan Palach, the young student whose suicide transformed him into a symbol of Czechoslovak resistance following the 1968 Soviet-led invasion. Jan Palach would have turned 59 this year he not taken his own life. His legacy, however, lives on. On January 16th, 1969, a 20-year-old student from Prague's Philosophy Faculty set off for Wenceslas Square, the city's busiest thoroughfare. The country was still under occupation by Soviet troops five months after the invasion. The purge of reformers within the ranks...
  • Stories of Injustice - those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

    11/06/2006 11:33:17 AM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 259+ views
    Radio Praha ^ | 02-11-2006 | Rob Cameron
    Stories of Injustice - those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it [02-11-2006] By Rob Cameron It's just a few weeks now before November 17th, the seventeenth anniversary of the beginning of the Velvet Revolution, when peaceful demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people brought the country's communist regime to its knees. Seventeen years on, coming to terms with the past is still difficult. One problem is the country's schoolbooks, which give only the briefest glimpse of the indignities and cruelties of the communist era. But the Czech NGO People in Need is trying to change all...
  • The Czech National Day: celebrating a state that no longer exists

    10/28/2006 2:14:46 PM PDT · by lizol · 21 replies · 570+ views
    ICE ^ | 27.10.2006 | David Vaughan
    The Czech National Day: celebrating a state that no longer exists 27.10.2006 - David Vaughan The 28th October is an unlikely date for Czechs to be celebrating their national holiday. After all, it commemorates the founding of a state that no longer exists. Czechoslovakia was established in 1918 with the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy at the end of World War I, and was relegated to the history books 74 years later, when Czechs and Slovaks - or rather their political leaders - decided to go their separate ways at the end of 1992. While Slovaks quickly forgot their old...
  • Soviet Ghosts Haunt the World Council of Churches

    08/25/2006 1:59:24 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 709+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 25, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    Soviet Ghosts Haunt the World Council of Churches By Mark D. Tooley FrontPageMagazine.com | August 25, 2006 As one of his formative spiritual experiences, a top official in the World Council of Churches (WCC) fondly recalls attending a Soviet-front group’s conference in the old Czechoslovakia. In a recent official WCC news report, the Swiss-based ecumenical council interviews Rev. Walter Altmann, a Brazilian Lutheran theologian, former head of the Latin American Council of Churches, and the new moderator the WCC's totalitarian-sounding "central committee." Currently, he also heads the 700,000 member Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. "As a young...
  • Warsaw Pact invasion commemorated

    08/22/2006 10:54:47 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 253+ views
    The Slovak Spectator ^ | August 21, 2006
    Warsaw Pact invasion commemorated TOP Slovak officials including MPs and President Ivan Gasparovic commemorated the 38th anniversary of the invasion of the former Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces on August 21, 1968. Gasparovic laid wreaths at SNP Square and Šafárikovo Square in Bratislava. Two people were killed by the invading troops at these locations - Peter Legner on SNP Square and Danka Košanová on Šafárikovo Square. "This event was a black day in the history of the Slovak nation and of the former Czechoslovakia," Gašparovic said. MPs from the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) were also among the politicians paying...
  • This Day In History SOVIETS INVADE CZECHOSLOVAKIA August 20, 1968

    This Day In History SOVIETS INVADE CZECHOSLOVAKIA: August 20, 1968 On the night of August 20, 1968, approximately 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring"--a brief period of liberalization in the communist country. Czechoslovakians protested the invasion with public demonstrations and other non-violent tactics, but they were no match for the Soviet tanks. The liberal reforms of First Secretary Alexander Dubcek were repealed and "normalization" began under his successor Gustav Husak. Pro-Soviet communists seized control of Czechoslovakia's democratic government in 1948. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin imposed his will on Czechoslovakia's communist leaders, and...
  • Catholic University students perform 'Requiem' at site of Nazi camp

    06/09/2006 4:14:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 171+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | June 9, 2006 | Ben Gruver
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A one-legged piano and a chorus was all Jewish prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia needed to express their defiance of the Nazis. Sixty-three years ago, Jewish prisoner and conductor Rafael Schachter gathered 150 fellow Jews in a basement at the camp to perform Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" for the Nazis in Latin. Throughout the piece was a plea for liberation. The prisoners felt safe singing it because the Nazis did not get the meaning the Jewish people put behind it, said Natalie Pyle, a music student who will be a junior at The Catholic University...
  • The enduring consequences of the First World War

    10/25/2005 12:52:35 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 15 replies · 2,905+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | October 25, 2005 | Mark Dubowitz
    The struggle over Palestine, with contradictory promises made by Britain to both Jews and Arabs, fueled four Arab-Israeli wars, brought the US and Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, contributed to the use of oil and terrorism as political weapons, and was used as a pretext (amongst others) for Islamists dedicated to Israel's and the West's destruction.
  • Strongman sorry for Prague Spring

    08/21/2005 2:33:19 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 441+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 22, 2005
    Strongman sorry for Prague Spring From correspondents in Prague August 22, 2005 FORMER Polish communist strongman, Wojciech Jaruzelski, has apologised to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for Poland's role in the Soviet-led invasion in August 1968 that crushed a pro-democracy movement. "I have felt bad, I have been tormented by that," said Jaruzelski during a broadcast on Czech public television, 37 years to the day after the invasion of then Czechoslovakia. Troops from the Soviet Union and four former Warsaw Pact countries squashed the so-called "Prague Spring", a movement led by Slovak reformer Alexander Dubcek that tried to put "a...
  • Older Budweiser

    06/21/2005 4:19:47 AM PDT · by gr8eman · 19 replies · 1,084+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2005 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the days of the Hapsburg Empire, there was a town in Bohemia called Budweis. The people in that town were called Budweisers and the town had a brewery which produced beer with the same name -- but different from the American Budweiser. Like many communities in Bohemia during that era, Budweis had people of both Czech and German ancestries, speaking different languages, though many were also bilingual. They got along pretty well and most people there thought of themselves as Budweisers, rather than as Czechs or Germans. But that would later change -- for the worse -- not...