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Publications: So you think you know about Lidice?

Publications: So you think you know about Lidice?

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser Most of us know that the entire village was leveled, that men and boys over 15 years were executed, that women and children were send to concentration camps, and that children were separated from parents. The brutality of this “event” far exceeds the common knowledge, however. I was sixteen when Lidice and Lezaky “happened” and lived through the massive retaliation by the Nazis that followed the assassination...

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Lectures: Announcing 2011-12 Series of Lectures

Defining Events that Shaped the Czech and Slovak Republics Save these dates: Saturday, September 17, 2011 – The Curse of Yalta by Josef Mestenhauser Saturday, October 29, 2011 – Munich and its aftermath by Winston Chrislock Saturday, November 19, 2011- The 1944 Slovak National Uprising by Gary Cohen Saturday, January 21,2012 -  Economic and Political Development in Slovakia over the past 15 years and the role of the American...

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Concerts: SLOVCZECH at Lake Harriet Bandshell

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota would like to invite you to SLOVCZECH concert on Sunday, August 28th, 2011 at Lake Harriet Bandshell.  The concert is from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.   SLOVCZECH is a local band playing Slovak, Czech, and European folk music arranged in modern rock arrangements. Their music is similar to Varttina, Ukranians, Orkestar Bez Ima, and other modern European folk bands. Using fiddle, acoustic guitar,...

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Conferences: CGSI’s 13th Genealogical/Cultural Conference – MO

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota would like to promote a great event for all people interested in Czech and Slovak history, culture and family history research. The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International is hosting its 13th biennial Genealogical and Cultural Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this October 26-29. The Conference’s major sponsors are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and CSA...

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Publications: A Civil Society: Idea of the Century or a Bust?

Publications: A Civil Society: Idea of the Century or a Bust?

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser I was introduced to the concept of the Civil Society during my sabbatical leave in the Philippines in the late sixties where I studied leadership and organizations in the context of social and cultural change. In travels throughout the country, I observed the creation of non-profit organizations and the volunteer spirit that drove their accomplishments, in a society traditionally dominated by a few wealthy...

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