Czechia has 12 cities, towns and other historic sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They are as diverse as the magnificent center of Prague and rural cottages in the village of Holašovice in the South of Bohemia. Does inclusion on the prestigious list still help local authorities to keep them preserved? And aren’t the growing crowds of tourists becoming more of a problem? Vít Pohanka looked for the answers, both in the Czech Republic and at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
In the late summer of 1938, the fate of the Czechoslovak Republic was being decided. The Sudeten German-speaking minority wanted to split from the country and join Nazi Germany. Hitler threatened war on Czechoslovakia if their demands were not met. Britain and France were bound by treaties to help the Czechs but wanted desperately to avoid the war. So, they sent a special envoy to the country – Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount of Doxford, in short, Lord Runciman. Vít Pohanka found an episodic but fascinating story connected with Lord Runciman’s historic
This time of year, cities in Central Europe are vying to attract tourists to their Christmas markets, New Year's Eve celebrations, and other seasonal attractions. If you are tired of large crowds and are looking for something more authentic, we might have a tip for you: leave the big cities and head for one of the small towns deep in the Czech countryside. You may get a lesson in living history and even be in for an exotic surprise!
Built on a small hill called Zelená hora near Žďár nad Sázavou, it is one of the most spectacular and yet unassuming sights in the Czech Republic. The architectural significance of the church on the border of the historic lands of Bohemia and Moravia was officially recognized by UNESCO in 1994 when it became the third site in the country to be included in the World Heritage List – preceded only by Prague and the city of Telč.
Constantin Kinsky was born in 1961 in Paris, France, to one of the oldest aristocratic families of Bohemia in French exile. Educated in France, he became a successful investment banker and strategic consultant and advised the Czech governments of Josef Tošovský and Miloš Zeman thus helping to save the Czech banking system during the crisis of the late 1990´s.
A Polish dissident who for many years smuggled correspondence and samizdat literature to Charter 77 in communist Czechoslovakia has received a high military distinction from the Czech Defense Ministry. Jan Mroczkowski, 73, a legend among dissident couriers, made dozens of crossings across the Czech-Polish border with a backpack stuffed with dissident correspondence in the 1980s.He made a significant contribution to maintaining contacts between the Czechoslovak and Polish dissent. Mroczkowski is the first Polish national to receive the Zlatá lípa award for an outstanding contribution to the country’s security and defense.
An investigation continues into the explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Zdiár nad Sázavou on Monday. According to the police the blast occurred when employees were moving some of the fireworks in storage. One person was seriously injured in the blast. The preliminary damage estimate is around half a million crowns.
The state attorney for South Moravia has halted criminal proceedings against the woman who stabbed a 16-year-old student to death. The attorney said that she was not mentally stable when the attack took place and had been treated earlier. The decision to halt proceedings is not final with the move still needing to be approved by the Supreme State Attorney. The attack took place in October last year when the woman arrived at a middle school at Žd’ár nad Sázovou stabbing three students as well as a police officer called to the scene. The woman had been released from care a few months earlier following a similar attack at a school.
Justice Minister Helena Válkova has said the case in which a deranged woman attacked students in a secondary school in Ždár was the fault of the court which approved her release from a mental institution. Minister Válková said that the present legislation provided adequate means of reducing the risk of such incidents but this required a responsible attitude on the part of courts which should request a medical opinion from more than one expert before reaching a decision. The minister requested an inspection into how courts proceed in the case of psychiatric patients and said the results showed a lack of unified procedure.
No security flaws were found at the secondary school in Žďár nad Sázavovou where a mentally ill woman killed a 16-year-old student two weeks ago and injured another three people, Education Minister Marcel Chládek told TV Prima on Sunday. Mr Chládek said the school, arbitrarily chosen by the attacker, had better security than most other schools, and participated in a programme teaching students how to react in crisis situations. The Education Ministry will set up a fund to help schools pay for additional security measures, the minister said.