Petr Pithart: Charter 77 saved the soul of the nation
Charter 77, the most significant protest petition in Czechoslovakia in the Communist period, was published 45 years ago, on January 6, 1977.
US war veteran reunited with bracelet lost in Czechoslovakia in 1945
At the end of the WWII, American Joe Esquibel lost a silver bracelet when serving as a guard at a prisoner-of-war camp near Mariánské Lázně. Now he got it back.
Anthropologists reconstruct faces of two Great Moravian noblemen
The faces of two 9th century Great Moravian nobles have been newly reconstructed in extraordinary detail.
The CIA and Czechoslovakia
The CIA’s electronic reading room provides a veritable trove of fascinating historical information on what the Americans knew about Czechoslovakia.
Contact lenses – 1961’s Christmas present to the world
Soft contact lenses were invented by Czech scientist Otto Wichterle around Christmas time in 1961. It was no easy feat.
Jan Urban: Only Havel could have unified opposition in 1989
Jan Urban was close to Václav Havel, who died 10 years ago on Saturday, before and during the Velvet Revolution and has many vivid memories of that period.
Some of Czechia’s rarest mediaeval manuscripts on display at new Saint Ludmila exhibition
A new two-month exhibition opened up in Prague’s Klementinum this week, which focuses on Saint Ludmila, who was martyred exactly 1,100 years ago.
25 years since opening of Communist-era surveillance archives to public
This December marks a quarter-century since the opening up of Communist-era State Security Service archives to victims of surveillance in Czechia.
Memory of Nations institutes to offer immersive exhibits on Czech 20th century history
The Memoriy of Nations project is setting up a web of institutes across the Czech Republic, which will offer visitors an immersive experience of key moments in history.
Rita Klímová: Story of An Exceptional Woman
Vit Pohanka traces the life of Rita Klímová -from staunch communist, to enthusiatic reformer and leading dissident.
November 28, 1931: construction work begins on Barrandov film studios
On November 28, 1931 construction work started on the Barrandov Film Studios which were to become one of the biggest and most modern studio facilities in Europe.
Alexander Dubček – the smiling leader of the Prague Spring
This Saturday marks the centenary of the birth of Alexander Dubček, one of the most charismatic leaders of 20th century Czechoslovakia.
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