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Publications: Václav Havel neither playwright nor dissident

Publications: Václav Havel neither playwright nor dissident

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser I wanted to write something different about Vaclav Havel and his passing than the meager media disappointedly covered. Media have a tendency to explain people by shortcuts, finding a label everybody recognizes and then placing a person into the box with that label. For Vaclav Havel who disliked these labels of being a playwright turned dissident these categories are insufficient and inaccurate. The problem is...

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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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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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Publications: Are we a Civil Society?

Publications: Are we a Civil Society?

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser This is a complex question. It can be answered in terms of our own associations, such as Sokol, or the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center because part of the concept of the civil society does imply existence of many voluntary associations. And indeed we all cherish and practice the idea of voluntarism. At the same time it can be answered on several other levels of analysis. For example, is the US a civil society,...

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Publications: What do you know (want to know) (need to know)

Publications: What do you know (want to know) (need to know)

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser These are three questions in one – and answers depend on three different concepts that I will try to relate to each other. One is what we actually know – in our case about the Czech and Slovak republkics that we have learned from school or experience that is “stored” in our brain. For most people that knowledge about the Czech and Slovak Republics and their people is very skimpy. The second concept is one of...

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Publications: Yes, it was murder

Publications: Yes, it was murder

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser Now I will present the evidence supporting the argument that Jan Masaryk was indeed a victim of murder. The first support for the murder theory arises from the denials of the Russian government to open its archives from that period. The Russians have released a great deal of other archival material, and still more records have become available through defectors who have smuggled important evidence about the...

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