An armchair designed by Slovenian architect Josip Plecnik for Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was sold for a record sum at Prague’s Sýpka auction house on Sunday. The auction house says it is not at liberty to reveal whether the precious artefact was acquired by Prague Castle which has two other pieces from the collection.
An armchair designed by architect Josip Plečnik for President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was sold on Sunday at Prague's Sýpka auction house for 1.1 million crowns (around 40,000 euros). The starting price of the chair from the early 1920s, was 150,000 crowns. The chair was the last missing piece of an original trio, which was sold in the 1970s, when Gustav Husak ordered the remodeling of Prague Castle. It has recently been discovered in a private collection.
During WWII, the London-based Czechoslovak government in exile had only one method of communicating regularly with its people at home: over the airwaves of the BBC. To discuss the content of these programmes, ministers’ broadcasting skills, coded messages to the resistance and much more, I recently caught up with academic Erica Harrison, who has conducted ground-breaking research into the subject. My first question: How much broadcasting did the exile government actually do?
A new memorial marking the visit by the first Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk to Rotterdam in 1914 was unveiled in the Dutch town on Thursday by Czech and Slovak ambassadors Jana Reinišová and Roman Bužek. The two-metre memorial by Hans Citroen marks Masaryk’s stay in Rotterdam at the beginning of World War One and his conversation with British writer and historian Robert Seton-Watson, in which they planned the establishment of an independent Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia’s founder and first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk is hugely respected by many Czechs and still referred to as the tatínek (daddy) of the nation. But who was the great man’s own father? According to a book that has received a lot of attention lately, it may have been none other than Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph 1.
In the spring of 1945, just before he ended his six-year exile in Britain, President Edvard Beneš gave an address in English that was broadcast by the BBC. The fight to liberate Czechoslovakia was still under way, but by now it was clear that the war was drawing to a close and Beneš was already looking towards the post-war future of his country. A recording of the historic speech was recently rediscovered in the Czech Foreign Ministry, and is one of a number of archive broadcasts that David Vaughan has been studying with his students from the Anglo-American
A few years ago several boxes of wartime radio recordings from London were found lying forgotten in an attic at the Czech Foreign ministry. Some are in English and some in Czech, many of them are broadcasts produced by the BBC, others by the Czechoslovak government in exile as part of the fight against Nazi Germany on the airwaves. Radio archivists are gradually working through the material and already some fascinating recordings have turned up. They include a completely forgotten radio play by František Langer who was one of the best known playwrights
Hello and welcome to a special programme marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Joining me in the studio today is noted historian and author Professor Jan Rychlík. Rather than simply do the obvious and discuss the end of World War II, I thought it might be interesting to focus on the efforts of the Czech resistance throughout the duration of the war.
Several hundred people gathered at Hradčasnké náměstí in the centre of Prague on Sunday afternoon to express their support for President Miloš Zeman. The event was organised by the extra-parliamentary party Citizens' Rights, lead by Jan Veleba. Miloš Zeman attended the gathering after he laid a wreath at the statue of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, to mark the 165th anniversary of his birth. The Czech head of state thanked his supporters and expressed his respect for the first Czechoslovak president.
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