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!
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.
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.
Marie Kinsky, a French dancer, teacher and graduate of the French Conservatory of Classical Dance, has moved to Prague back in 1997, and since then, she has been involved in all kinds of dance activities. She established the first Centre for Choreographic Development in the Czech Republic and along with her husband, she has been involved in the reconstruction of the Kinsky family estate in Žďár nad Sázavou. This weekend, the beautiful baroque castle will be hosting the fourth edition of KoresponDance, a festival of dance and physical theatre.
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.
Family, friends, fellow students, town officials and hundreds of others in
Žďár nad Sazavou paid their last respects to 16-year-old Petr Vejvoda on
Monday - the student killed in a knife attack at his high school last week.
The ceremony was held at 12 PM but the chamber was full already an hour
earlier. During the ceremony, the town’s mayor spoke while priest Tomáš
Holý later read a letter from Cardinal Dominik Duka. Some classmates,
unable to cope emotionally, were helped by medics.
Last Tuesday, Petr Vejvoda was fatally injured by a 26-year-old woman, with a past record of a similar assault and a history of mental illness. She had followed students into the school’s changing area; he died defending a fellow classmate. Last Friday, President Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka both visited the school and lit candles at the site in his memory.