Tribute to Vaclav Havel (Pocta Václavu Havlovi)

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vaclav-havelToday, the former Czechoslovak and Czech President, Vaclav Havel, has “peacefully” passed away in his sleep in his cottage. He was 75 years old.

Vaclav Havel was the most famous Czech politician in the world. The former playwright, who was a major figure in fight against Communism, later became the president of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic.

His motto: “truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred” will stay embedded in our hearts as well as his contribution to the freedom of all Czechs and Slovaks at home and around the world. We extend our condolences to President Havel’s family. He will never be forgotten.

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Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery Announces Ceremony Hall Art Restoration Project

Phase One of the Restoration of the Ceremony Hall Begins

CHICAGO, ILL. November 9, 2011 — The restoration of the Ceremony Hall in the crematorium/columbarium building at Bohemian National Cemetery began on November 1, 2011. Noted Moravian-born artist John A. Mallin decorated the Ceremony Hall in 1918 and led previous restoration efforts in 1928 and 1948. The current restoration project, initiated by Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery, is the first in almost 65 years.

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Vladimír M. Rydlo – a Czech Engineer in Atomic Energy of Canada Limited – 80 Today

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In his younger days, he must have been a handsome fellow. Even today – even though time had bowed him a bit, and thinned his once luxurious lock of hair – he looks quite good. If you peered deeply into his eyes, you’d see in them shadows indicating that life did not always treat him (as it had hardly anyone) with much consideration.

Vladimír was born on November 11, 1931 in Pilsen’s maternity hospital (the family lived in Kralovice). It was in Kralovice, where Vladimír attended public school. During the war – in 1941 – his father, a professor at agricultural school, was transferred to Novy Bydžov, where – two years later- he was appointed deputy director. Continue reading

First San Diego Czech-Moravian-Slovak Festival Tomorrow (První česko-moravsko-slovenský festival již zítra)

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Czech and Slovak women from San DiegoTomorrow is a special day for San Diego Czechs and Slovaks. It will be the first time for all of them to learn and share their heritage at the San Diego Czech-Moravian-Slovak festival. The festival will feature traditional music, art and crafts, but visitors will also be able to come to the Czech and Slovak Mass and taste the food, which is much different from the food available in the local restaurants or grocery stores. 

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Happy New Year 2010! (Stastny Novy Rok 2010!)

A brand new year is upon us – another year filled with new surprises, expectations, hopes and dreams, resolutions, love, laughs …

Our sincere wish is that your new year will be filled with everything that you wish for:
Peace in world relations, success in your business, freedom in your thoughts, love in your friendships and relationships, beauty in your creations and much more.

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How Well do You Know the Czech Republic? & Sweepstakes Results (Jak dobře znáte Českou republiku a výsledky soutěže)

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A couple of months ago we announced a new sweepstakes with one history question. We did not realize how many people would respond to this article. The question was either very easy or all of our readers know about the history of the Czech Republic. Since we wanted to be fair, we went through all the results and verified the CzechFolks.com membership. Then we had to put in a pool of hundreds of emails to select one winner that will receive a mug and a T-shirt of a choice from our partner ABC imports. We were so pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response by our readership that we decided to select one more winner that will receive a T-shirt of a choice. ABC imports also wanted to thank to all the readers that answered our question for the sweepstakes. They all will receive a code to redeem $5 cash back on their purchase from the partner’s site. We hope to start a new drawing soon, thus stay tuned for our new postings. Continue reading

Pilsen…Ottawa….The story o two monuments to the victims of Communism (Příběh dvou památníků obětem komunismu)

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Obětem zlaAuthor: Josef Cermak (CzechFolks.com PLUS)

The garden of his soul

The Pilsen monument is today known as the Meditation Garden of Luboš Hruška (the author of a book on the monument and its creator, Irena Kastnerová, named her book “Luboš Hruška and the garden of his soul”). It is also known as “The Monument to the Victims of Evil.” Originally, it was planned by its creator as a monument to the victims of communism. This is what he wrote about communism in January, 1998: “Even today we still don’t know all the catastrophes caused by communist power in the world. Tens of millions dead and mentally or physically marked, thousands of disrupted families, a ruined environment, crippled economy, but worst of all, sick human souls. Continue reading

CzechFolks.com Celebrates One Year Anniversary (CzechFolks.com slaví 1. výročí)

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Ilustrace: Miloslav HeřmánekToday is a special day for CzechFolk.com, because we celebrate our first anniversary. The past twelve months were really amazing and we can’t wait to see what is ahead of us. Less than 6 months ago, we also introduced another affiliate named CzechFolks.com PLUS that brings lots of interesting articles from our talented authors that live all over the world. That is why we believe it is time to tell you more about our site and introduce to you our team of volunteers that contribute to the site. Continue reading

Reminiscing about August 21,1968 – A tribute to the post-invasion refugees (Připomínka invaze 1968)

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Author: Josef Čermák (CzechFolks.com PLUS)

Approximately 110km north of Toronto lies a small town of Edenvale and just a little further, you come to the Edenvale Aerodrome, an airport built by a Czeh refugee, Milan Kroupa. The aerodrome rests in the middle of a fruitful plane, even though possibly not as fruitful as the “fertile Haná”, so worshipfully described by a Czech poet whose name my aged brain refuses to surrender. During the second world war, this place was used by the Canadian air force to train its pilots. After the war, the place kept deteriorating until it was purchased, in 2003, by Milan Kroupa, who hails from a little village not far from a town of Nové Strašecí. Kroupa came to Canada as a political refugee in the middle of the sixties. And because he was an entrepreneurial wizard, he built up in this place (as well as putting together the largest janitorial company in Canada) a modern airport. It is this airport where on August 23rd, 2009 we shall reminiscence about the night of August 21, 1968, when frightened rulers in Moscow tried to stop the march of history and sent their army, with the armies of their vassals, to another brotherly vassal state, Czechoslovakia, to eradicate the potentially infectious decease called “socialisms with a human face”. Continue reading