Numerous newspapers and magazines serve the Czech community in the United States, from "nationwide" publications such as Americke listy to regional titles like Czech Nebraska. There are also several internet websites and email newsletters, such as the weekly Dumpling News; it is produced by Zora Pergl, a woman of Czech descent based in Florida. I asked her how Dumpling News has been received since its launch in April last year.
The weather may have taken a downturn in Prague to drizzling rain but one place they're hoping will hold out for beautiful conditions is Wilber, Nebraska, USA. This Friday will see the start of the town's annual Czech Festival, expected to draw thousands of visitors. For more than forty years the festival has celebrated the Czech heritage, showing off traditional folk costumes, polka music, and of course offering an opportunity for visitors to enjoy Czech cooking and beer. Earlier, Jan Velinger spoke to the festival's spokesman, John Fiala, on a
Over the last 50 years Czech-born US scholar and genealogist Miloslav Rechcigl has researched Czech and Slovak cultural heritage in America, mapping the arrival of Czechs and Slovaks in America from the time of the first settlers to today. In this Czechs in History we meet with Dr Rechcigl to discuss some famous Czechs in the New World, including the first Czech to set foot in the American colonies and the first to stay. Miloslav Rechcigl: Czechs in History... in America.
In today's special programme we meet Joyce Pritchard, an American woman who recently went back to her roots, when she visited the isolated Czech villages in Romania from which her great-grandparents emigrated a century ago. She and 14 other Americans of Czech-Romanian descent met long-lost relatives and experienced old Czech customs in a region somewhat left behind by the modern world. It was, says Joyce Pritchard, the trip of a lifetime.
The devastating effects of Hurrican Katrina continue to make headlines worldwide as the full scope of the disaster is revealed. The Czech government is sending 25 million crowns (around a million dollars) in humanitarian aid to parts of the United States affected by what is being called one of the country's worst natural disasters of all time.
My guest today is Dr Mila Saskova-Pierce, who works at the University of Nebraska's Department of Modern Languages. Dr Saskova-Pierce was born in Prague, but like many of her generation, left after the Soviet invasion of 1968. She has been living in Nebraska for the last 16 years, and is an active member of the state's Czech community. When she visited us here at Radio Prague, I asked Mila Saskova-Pierce: why Nebraska?
Gratias Agit is the name of an award presented by the Czech foreign ministry to honour those who have promoted the good name of the Czech Republic around the world. Among the individuals and organizations made laureates at this year's ceremony on Thursday: the industrialist Tomas Bata and Viktor Fischl, a poet who was a close associate of Jan Masaryk, Foreign Minister in the Czechoslovak government in exile during World War II.
In the 1950s Ota Ulc was a young, recently qualified judge. It was a time when Czechoslovakia was under hard line Stalinist rule and he soon realized the huge ethical compromises that such a career involved. He took the risk of an adventurous escape via East Germany. In exile in the United States, he became a highly respected academic, a political scientist at the State University of New York in Binghamton, and Professor Ulc has written many books in both Czech and English. His special interest is in the complex interactions between cultures worldwide,
Ladislav Koran is a Czech American whose life story is almost beyond belief. As a young man he was an accomplished athlete and friend of the greatest Czech runner of all time Emil Zatopek. He was still in his mid twenties when the communists came to power and, like so many bright and energetic young Czechs, he found himself on the wrong side of the new regime. It was not long before he was arrested, and he went through ten years of hell in a Stalinist labour camp. But even this did not break his spirit and energy. Today, in the United States, where