Thursday, 19 September 2019

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In memoriam: Vojmír Srdečný, last survivor of Czech students sent by Nazis to Sachsenhausen

Radio Prague |
21 August 2019

On the 17th of November 1939, Nazi soldiers executed eight Czech university students and a professor seen as ringleaders of protests against the occupation and deported more than 1,200 of their peers to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The last survivor of that internment, Vojmír Srdečný, died this week, aged 99.

August 1969: When a brutal crackdown on protests resulted in killings and a "baton law"

Radio Prague |
21 August 2019

Exactly a year after the Prague Spring was crushed by a Warsaw Pact invasion, many thousands of Czechoslovaks went into the streets once more to protest their country's occupation. The subsequent brutal crackdown on demonstrators, this time by their own countrymen, resulted in hundreds of arrests and even five deaths. It crushed the last vestiges of hope and persuaded the public that "normalisation" was here to stay.

Cash or QR? Czech restaurants increasingly accept both

Radio Prague |
21 August 2019

A new method using so-called QR codes is being adopted by some Czech restaurants, with cash increasingly regarded as a slow and outdated payment method. Especially popular in parts of Asia, QR enables guests to scan a code on the table, then order and pay for their food via smartphone.

Prague night mayor Jan Štern: Tourists often don't realise "party zones" are residential areas

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

Prague's first "night mayor" Jan Štern is tasked with finding ways to alleviate problems caused by noise and rowdy behaviour. But what are the most effective means of keeping the city centre liveable for residents?

Senate approves extending relief regime for 'childhood debts'

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

The Czech Senate has approved an amendment to the Insolvency Act expending to a preferential debt relief regime that now only applies to the elderly and disabled to people paying off debts incurred when they were minors. The amendment has yet to be signed into law by the president. Over 6,000 children in the Czech Republic are currently threatened with distraint orders while tens of thousands of young adults have debts carried over from childhood.

Prague to send millions to African states to help prevent migration to EU

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

The Czech Republic looks set to send up to CZK 700 million to African states in the next few years. The main aim of the aid, which is being prepared by a number of ministries, is to help deter illegal migration to Europe.

Hamáček: Zeman acting like coach when he should be referee

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

A meeting on Monday between the heads of ANO and the Social Democrats failed to find an impasse in the long-running government crisis. Speaking afterwards, the latter's leader accused the president of violating the constitution and said the very functioning of the state was on the line.

Julius Fučík - Czech Republic's forgotten composer

Radio Prague |
19 August 2019

Whether it is through the Entry of the Gladiators or the Florentine March, the music of 19th century composer Julius Fučík is known across the world. Although a prolific composer, with over 400 marches, polkas, and waltzes to his name, Fučík is relatively little known in his home country today.

Richard Fidler: Prague and an uncanny sense of oddness

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

The Australian broadcaster and writer Richard Fidler, author of bestsellers Ghost Empire and Saga Land, is writing a book that will look at a thousand years of Prague history, each episode told through the story of an individual who lived at the time.

'Eternal Hope' festival celebrates legacy of Czech-born composers at Nazis' 'model camp' in Terezín

Radio Prague |
19 August 2019

A unique festival dedicated to Gustav Mahler and later Jewish composers interned by Nazi Germany in a north Bohemian ghetto got underway on Sunday.

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