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Czech Tramping
Have you ever wondered what the big deal is with Czech Tramping? Why do they walk around with cowboy hats or military fatigues? Who are they and what kind of a movement it is? The following was written by Jan Pohunek of the Institute of Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. It...
Czech Gingerbread Our Grandmother Made
This is not a recipe for gingerbread cookies, nor is it for a gingerbread cake which most Americans identify with. This is the hard gingerbread for grating which our grandmothers and great-grandmothers used in all kinds of recipes. Gingerbread used to be the most common sweetener in Czech kitchens next to honey. It’s very dense...
Czech Christmas Mass
Today we are bringing you a classic Czech animated film by Jakub Jan Ryba entitled Česká mše vánoční or Czech Christmas Mass, Hej mistře, with animated images by Josef Lada. It originally appeared on Czech TV in 1966. Beno Blachut, Jaroslava Vymazalová, Marie Mrázová, and Zdeněk Kroupa are the singers of the soundtrack of Czech...
Ivan Svatoš
Ivan Svatoš is a Prague painter and graphic artist. His works are represented in collections in the Czech Republic, but also in Germany, France, the USA and Japan. He mainly paints views of old Prague … He lives and creates in Prague. He graduated from the Václav Hollar Art School in Prague. In his work,...
I am an avid reader and what I love to read more than anything is stories from my birthplace, Czechoslovakia. In today’s post I am sharing some rare books which are in English and allow you to see a Czechoslovakia of days gone past, often through the eyes and experiences of non-Czechs. A Wayfarer in...
Velvet Revolution Monument
A Poem on the Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution Dear readers, on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, we are bringing the poem A Prayer by a Czech author living in Australia, Professor Josef Tomáš. With the poem A Prayer, the author expressed his feelings of how he, at the end...
by Vojtech Kubasta and published by Bancroft & Co, London, 1962 and Artia in Prague, 1963. This pop-up children’s book showed what Czech children imagined to be an American camp featuring Native Americans, or as Czechs called them, Indians. (Please give images time to load.) I cherish the beautiful art in The Day of the...
They slept that night in peace. The danger, they felt, had ended. Their democratic revolution would live. The Russians would not come in. As they slept, the chief of Czechoslovakia's secret police, who was scheduled to lose his job within a few days, arrived at Prague's new airport - to secure the field, he explained, for the arrival of an important Russian delegation. Within minutes, Czech and Soviet agents ringed the field, and airborne troops landed. At 1:00 a.m., the people of Prague awakened to the blaring of taxi horns and to news they could not at first believe.
Anita Pollitzer
Did you know that American women vote thanks to a Czech woman? They do. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country. Hardly anybody knows that the...