A commemorative mass at St. Vitus Cathedral on Saturday paid tribute to the
victims of the Heydrich Terror, the Nazi backlash following the
assassination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich by Czech paratroopers in
In the aftermath of the attack, the paratroopers hid in the crypt of an Orthodox church in Prague for three weeks until their hiding place was betrayed. Three were killed in crossfire with the Nazis; the other four took their own lives rather than surrender. The priest and bishop who sheltered the soldiers were later murdered.
Some 13,000 people who were suspected of having helped the paratroopers were imprisoned and interrogated, many of them were transported to the Mauthausen concentration camp and subsequently executed. 300 people were killed.
The tradition of holding a mass in memory of the victims of this heroic act was established in 1945, broken off by the communist regime three years later, and re-established in 2011.
A unique collection of Bronze Age objects discovered five years ago near
Prague is on show at the Roztoky u Prahy chateau north-west of the capital.
The find, which was labelled “the find of the century” by archaeologists, comprises bowls, daggers and ornaments believed to be 3,000 years old.
The objects have undergone cleaning and conservation by archaeologists and will remain on display until March 2020.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has awarded the Czech Roman
Catholic priest and philosopher Tomáš Halík the Order of Merit of the
Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to Czech-German
reconciliation and furthering understanding among nations and religions.
Halík is to receive the award on October 21st, on the 41st anniversary of the day that he was secretly ordained priest in the German town of Erfurt in view of joining the underground activities of the Roman Catholic Church in then communist Czechoslovakia.
Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has said he disagrees with the recent
decision of a lower house investigative committee to initiate a criminal
case against a number of former politicians involved in the privatisation
of the OKD mining company.
Zaorálek said he wants a state attorney to review the commission’s report and assess whether such a move is justified.
According to the commission, the privatisation and a number of dubious transactions accompanying it went against the interests of the state.
The commission has proposed filing criminal charges against four former ministers and a number of businessmen.
The fate of the traditional New Year Prague fireworks displays remains
Prague City Hall announced that they would be cancelled and replaced by a video-mapping show some time ago, but has so far failed to find a provider.
The single company which entered the open competition failed to meet the set criteria.
Meanwhile, the traditional organizers of the New Year fireworks displays have set up an association called Fireworks for Prague and intend to keep the tradition alive with the help of a public collection.
A muzeum dedicated to RAF pilot Emil Boček and the other 2,000 Czech
airmen who fought in the British Royal Airforce in WWII opened in the town
of Ivančice on Friday.
The exposition documents the fate of RAF pilots and includes a collection of pictures, papers and artefacts donated by their families. The museum‘s opening was attended by the last surviving Czech RAF pilot 96-year-old Emil Boček, who was briefly released from hospital for the occasion.
The museum with its RAF house, restaurant and wine bar is the undertaking of Boček’s close friend and admirer Jan Dasovský.
War hero General Emil Boček was hospitalized with heart problems at the Brno Faculty Hospital on Friday. No details regarding his health have been released to the press.
Czech officer Šárka Havránková has been elected vice-president of
Interpol’s European division. In a vote by Interpol’s General Assembly
she received 133 out of 141 votes.
It is the first time that a Czech officer has been appointed to a top Interpol post. She is currently head of Interpol’s division for international cooperation.
The head of the Czech Police Presidium Jan Švejdar said her election was a great honour for the organization.
Czech MPs have welcomed the five-day ceasefire in northern Syria, agreed
between the US and Turkey, but are stressing the need to address the crisis
in view of finding a long-term solution.
The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Chamber of Deputies, Ondřej Veselý, said the international community and Turkey’s NATO allies needed to put more pressure on Ankara so as to prevent fresh aggression after the five-day ceasefire ends.
The head of the Committee for European Affairs, Ondrej Benešík, said the European Union needed to get actively involved in the talks and urged the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, to drum up support for this in the European Council.
The Czech lower house of Parliament on Tuesday condemned Turkey’s military offensive in Syria as a violation of international law.