In Mailbox this week: fraudulent e-mails to Česká spořitelna clients; listening on shortwave in the US; stories on Radio Prague on Petr Ginz and Chava Pressburger; and how to win a trip for two to the Czech Republic by taking part in Radio Prague's annual listeners' contest. Listeners quoted: Lisa Feder, Stephen Zolvinski, Sandra Dickson.

Gustav Frištenský  (1879-1957) Czech wrestler. In 1902 he became the Austro-Hungarian champion in the Greco-Roman style. He became European champion in 1903. | Photo: ČTK
Welcome to Mailbox, Radio Prague’s weekly programme in which we reply to your e-mails and letters. First of all, I’d like to remind you that with the clocks changing, Radio Prague begins its summer broadcast schedule. For more information, you can visit our website or send in a request for our new brochure.

The beginning of the summer broadcast schedule means one more thing: the time has come once again for Radio Prague to announce its annual listener’s competition. This year the contest relates to Czech sportspeople. All you need to do is write a few lines to answer the following question:

Which Czech sportsperson or team has particularly impressed you?

Write and tell us what you know about them and why you admire them. The author of the best entry will win a week-long stay for two in Prague and there will also be valuable prizes for the runners up. Your answers need to reach us by June 13th, 2008 at Radio Prague, Vinohradská 12, 12099 Prague 2, Czech Republic or via e-mail at [email protected]

The best entries will be read on the air on June 29 on Radio Prague and will be displayed on our website

The main prize is sponsored by OREA HOTELS, one of the biggest hotel chains in the Czech Republic.

And now onto our regular business. Lisa Feder from Chicago was interested in the story on the biggest ever e-mail scam in this country concerning the clients of Česká spořitelna bank. She writes:

“It was very interesting to read your coverage of this story – I too have received several of these e-mails, although I am in the US (and not a bank customer). It makes me wonder how they got foreign e-mail addresses – the chance of randomly reaching foreigners who have a connection in Czech Republic or an account at CS would be so slim.”

Investigation is still underway into who might be behind those e-mails – I myself got a few hundred of them – and Radio Prague will, of course, keep you updated on that topic.

Stephen Zolvinski from Michigan sent us this message along with his reception report:

“So good to hear you! I shall always recall Radio Prague was one of the first international broadcasters I heard when I began shortwave listening in 1967. Through the years, my listening declined, but then increased when I entered my graduate studies in anthropology about 15 years ago. Now I am a fan of shortwave listening, as I realize the common issues facing people in all countries around the world.”

Thank you for letting us know that you are out there listening to our programmes. It makes a huge difference to us. And thanks to the fact that all Radio Prague programmes are available in text on the internet, you can go back to our stories any time after they are first broadcast on the air. So did Sandra Dickson from the University of Florida who read our stories on Petr Ginz, a Jewish boy who perished in Auschwitz at the age of sixteen, and his sister Eva or Chava who survived the Holocaust and moved to Israel:

“Hi, I wanted to personally thank you for the articles you've done on Chava Pressburger and Petr Ginz. My colleagues and I are producing a documentary film on Petr Ginz and, in doing our research, came across your very informative pieces. We will make our first trip to Prague in the latter part of this month to begin scouting locations and doing archival research. Thanks again for your good work.”

It’s a pleasure to know that our work is appreciated. Thank you so much for all the feedback we are getting from you from all over the world.

We are nearly out of time and I’d like to remind you that you have one more day to send us your answer to this month’s competition question which is as follows:

March’s mystery man was born in 1861 in the town of Heřmanův Městec. Besides being a prolific writer, translator, teacher and later President Masaryk’s chief of protocol, he was also one of the founding members of the International Olympic Committee and its general secretary at one point.

The address for your entries is [email protected] or Radio Prague, 12099 Prague, Czech Republic. Next week we will announce the names of the four of you who will receive small gifts from Radio Prague for their correct answers. Until then, happy listening.