Czech/Slovak Expatriates (5): Josef Skvorecky (Čeští/slovenští expati (5): Josef Škvorecký)

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Josef ŠkvoreckýAn article by Josef Cermak about Josef Skvorecky, a well-known Czech writer, publisher, and expatriate, who spent much of his life in Canada and celebrates his 85th birthday tomorrow.

I don’t think there are many Czechs unfamiliar with the name Josef Škvorecký, even though they may not know that he was born in Nachod on September 27, 1924. And almost everyone of them knows one or two of his books, books such as The Cowards (Zbabělci), The Miracle Game (Mirákl), The Tank Corps (Tankový prapor), The Engineer of Human Souls (Příběh inženýra lidských duší), or the book I love best, The Swell Season (Prima sezona). If the majority of Škvorecký’ s most popular books focuses on a society, split by ideology, at a time of revolutionary changes, his literary pallet is much richer. The Swell Season is a sensitive portrayal of the maturing process not only of Josef Škvorecký, but his whole generation. Continue reading

Czech/Slovak Expatriates (4): Jan Rubes (Čeští/slovenští expati (4): Jan Rubeš)

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jan-rubesAuthor: Josef Čermák (CzechFolks.com PLUS)

According to an announcement made by his family on June 30, 2009, Jan Rubeš, one of the most impressive, most important and best loved Czechoslovak artists in the world, died at the age of 89. No cause of death was given.

Rubeš was born in Volyně, Czechoslovakia, on June 6. 1920, attended Real-Gymnasium (a Czech term for a high school) in Strakonice (graduating in the year of the Munich surrender), and matriculated at both the Faculty of Medicine. Continue reading

A Magazine Connecting Czechs around the World (Časopis, který spojuje Čechy ve světě)

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Exactly 20 years ago, Eva Střížovská came up with a great idea that led her to the foundation of a magazine called Český dialog (Czech Dialogue). During that time Czechoslovakia became free of communism right after the Velvet Revolution. The country was going through major changes and its citizens were finally free to travel to almost any country in the world. As Czechs were able to travel abroad, the Czech emigrants had a chance to travel back to their home country. Here the magazine served its great purpose to help people to overcome barriers and differences between the Czechs at home and their countrymen that were artificially created by the Communists. Over the years, the magazine became very popular and it not only helped to overcome these differences, but it also led to foundation of the International Czech Club connecting Czechs around the world through cultural events, discussions, meetings and much more.

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An Atypical Czech Family? (Neobvyklá Česká Rodina?)

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Stanislav Kubicek (www.bestsail.cz)

How many of you, Czechs and Slovaks abroad, think you have traveled the world? You may have realized that it was hard to assimilate in a new country, especially its customs and language. Would you even imagine traveling around the whole world, especially to less developed countries? Could you even imagine traveling alone, as a couple, with a three-year-old baby? If you don’t want to try this on your own, read about Stanislav a Jitka Kubickovi that have done this for five years and don’t plan to stop any time soon.

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Unforgettable Sir Nicholas Winton (Nezapomenutelny Sir Nicholas Winton)

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Have you seen the film All My Loved Ones? If so, you could see Sir Nicholas Winton. Sir Nicholas George Winton, born 19th May 1909, saved 669 Czechoslovak Jewish children from death in the World War II. The operation was known as “Kindertransport.”

Winton had a special relationship with the Jewish children because he was a Jew, who was baptized and raised a Christian. While Winton saved many children, he never applauded himself for this act or shared details about this operation. His wife actually found detailed information on the Kindertransport late in the 90s.

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Czechs Abroad (Cesi v Zahranici)

The statistics below only includes Czech citizens living abroad permanently or long-term. The numbers are obtained from Czech Embassies for the year of 2007. The numbers are not accurate (but still good estimates) since Czechs permanently living abroad are not forced to register with local Czech Embassies.

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Statisticky prehled nize pouze zahrnuje Ceske obcany trvale nebo dlouhodobe zijici v cizine. Pocty jsou ziskany z Ceskych ambasad z roku 2007. Tyto cisla nejsou presne (ale stale dobre odhady), protoze Cesi trvale zijici v zahranici nejsou nuceni se zaregistrovat u lokalni Ceske ambasady.

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Hello Czech/American Citizens! (Vitejte Cesko/Americti Obcane!)

Welcome to this new site about the Czech Republic, Czech citizens, Czech culture, and much more. The site is created exclusively by a couple living in the U.S.A. One author was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in the U.S.A. for about 10 years. The second author was born in the U.S.A. but his parents are immigrants from Czechoslovakia. Both authors speak fluent Czech and English and have much to contribute to this site.

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Vítejte na této webstránce zaměřené na Českou republiku, české občany, českou kulturu a mnohem více. Tato stránka byla vytvoren exkluzívně dvojicí žijící v U.S.A. První autor je původem z České republiky a žije v U.S.A. okolo 10-ti let. Druhý autor se narodil v U.S.A. ale jeho rodiče jsou imigranti z Ceskoslovenska. Oba autoři mluví plynule česky a anglicky a přispívají na teto webstránce.

Cheers,

Czech Folks