Franz Pany, the head of the Sudetengerman group Sudetendeutsche Landsmannschaft, has slammed Czech President Václav Klaus at the group’s annual gathering on Sunday. He said that the Czech head of state had a contrarian attitude toward Germany and Europe. Good sense, realism and an openness for mutual understanding needed to return to Prague castle, he added. On Saturday, the group had honored the Czech-born writer Max Mannheimer, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, with its Karl IV. prize.
Police are investigating a case of four men burgled a house in the early hours of Saturday morning. The group had disguised themselves as policemen to gain entrance into the house. The owner of the house injured one of them severely and the burglar died as a result of his injuries. He had threatened the wife and daughter of the house owner at gunpoint. His accomplices stole some 150 000 Czech crowns.
Czech swimmer Petra Chocová on Sunday won the 50-meter race in the discipline chest stroke at the European Swimming Championship in Budapest on Sunday. The Czech athlete set the country’s new record time of 31.25 seconds, ahead of the Irish Sycerika McMahonov. Chocová previous gold medal win was at the 2004 championships.
A number of commemorative events are being held in the Czech capital on
the occasion of the 70-year anniversary of the assassination of Gestapo
chief and governor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard
Heydrich. An exhibition that opened in Prague’s Libeň neighborhood on
Saturday gives insight into the training of the resistance fighters who
killed the Nazi leader, as well as everyday life during that era.
Sunday marks the 70-year-anniversary of Operation Anthropoid, the targeted killing of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. The operation was carried out in Prague on May 27, 1942. British-trained Czech commandos parachuted into the Nazi-held protectorate and severely injured Heydrich by tossing a bomb into his car. He died as a result from the injuries suffered in the attack. The Gestapo chief's assassination became a symbol of Czech independence and was later hailed as an important moment in the resistance movement. His death led to a wave of revenge acts, including the Lidice massacre.
The scandal surrounding former Central Bohemian governor David Rath of the Social Democrats has cost the party voters, a fresh poll by the Milward Brown agency suggests. One in two voters who had previously planned on casting their ballot for the opposition party has changed their mind after Mr Rath was caught with 7 million crowns in cash on his person and charged with corruption. Regional elections are set to take place in the fall. The majority of respondents said they believed the former governor would be handed a prison sentence at court.
The Sudetengerman group Sudetendeutsche Landsmannschaft, which on Saturday
kicked off its annual meeting in Nuremberg, has awarded the writer and
painter Max Mannheimer, who was born in Czechoslovakia, with its Karl IV.
prize. The 92-year-old Mannheimer, who was born in Nový Jičín, is a
Jewish Holocaust survivor. He said in his acceptance speech that he felt no
hatred towards either the Czech or the German nation for what he had
The award is meant to honor contributions to the Czech-German dialogue and good relations between both countries as well as people who fight against extremism and intolerance.
The number of senior citizens who are living on their own is on the rise in the Czech Republic. While in 2000, some 13.9 percent of over-65-year-olds lived in one-person households, the figure has now increased to 15.5 percent of the country’s overall population. Some 1.5 million seniors in the Czech Republic are living by themselves, the majority of them women. According to experts, the figures are worrying especially because most of those senior citizens not only live alone but are largely isolated and do not have anyone who looks after them.
Two people have been killed and three injured severely in a traffic accident near the Central Bohemian town of Kladno on Saturday. The victims of the accident, which happened in the afternoon in the town of Slaný, were both women, one of them aged seventy. A 9-year-old girl and two other persons who were injured in the crash were brought to hospital by helicopter and are being treated. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
A pedestrian was hit by a car and killed in the Moravian city of Ostrava in the night from Friday to Saturday. Paramedics arrived at the site of the accident but were unable to save the man, who had been hit by a 36-year-old driver. Police are investigating the case. If found guilty, the driver could face up to six years in prison.