Czech Consul: Book of Condolences for Václav Havel

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Czech Consul | 3 comments

A Book of Condolence for former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel  will be opened at the Czech Honorary Consul Office, Sokol Hall (CSPS) 385 Michigan St., St Paul, MN on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Anyone who would wish to send a condolence, but is unable to get to the Honorary Consul Office can e-mail their message to me and I will include it with the Book that I will be sending to the Czech Embassy in Washington D.C.  My email address is:

“He was the most famous Czech, recognized all over the world. Unfortunately, he was more welcome and revered abroad than at home.  Though a modest and shy man, he stood his ground when meeting and dealing with the world’s most powerful people.  I only hope that at least now we will realize what a man we had in our fellow citizen, and will look up to him as an example.”  Karel Schwarzenberg

I am deeply touched by the kind words and floral tributes from many Americans who are expressing their compassion with the Czech nation mourning the loss of a man of great courage and profound wisdom.  President Havel was not only one of the greatest Czechs of our times but also a true European visionary who has always kept very close to his heart our friends and compatriots in the United States.  Though he will be sorely missed, the legacy of his respect for human rights and fight for democracy shall prevail.”  Czech Ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovic

Robert Vanasek
Honorary Consul, Czech Republic

Czech Consul: Vaclav Havel, Czech leader and playwright, dies at 75

Posted by on Dec 18, 2011 in Czech Consul | Comments Off on Czech Consul: Vaclav Havel, Czech leader and playwright, dies at 75

Former Czech president and Nobel peace laureate Vaclav Havel, hero of the Velvet Revolution that gave his country independence from Soviet rule in 1989, died on this Sunday (12/18/2011) at the age of 75, his office said.

Havel, who served as head of state from 1989 to 2003, died in his sleep at dawn after a lengthy illness, his spokeswoman Sabina Tancevova said.


Czech Consul: Milán Šebek Awarded Cernin Palace Award

Posted by on Nov 8, 2009 in Czech Consul | Comments Off on Czech Consul: Milán Šebek Awarded Cernin Palace Award

Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic will be Honoring Milán Šebek on behalf of His Excellency Petr Kolář, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic in the United States of America with the Czernin (Černín) Palace Memorial Bronze Medal and Diploma for his „great and significant contribution to the progress of Czech-American relations“. This award will be presented to Milán Šebek on Sunday, November 8th 2009 at the Annual Meeting of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center at 1:30 the CSPS (Sokol) Hall, 383 Michgan St., St. Paul as part of the commemoration of the Czech National Independence Day and of the memories associated with November 17th 1939 and 1989.