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Book Publication: ‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Žantovský

A new book has just been published on Václav Havel entitled Havel: A Life. The book was written by Michael Žantovský (Havel’s former press secretary, advisor, and friend), and was recently reviewed by Marci Shore in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Havel was a Czech writer and statesman, and was the first individual to serve as President of the Czech Republic after the Czech-Slovak split occurred in 1993. Havel: A Life presents a...

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New Book: Shifting Landscapes in Central Europe

New Book: Shifting Landscapes in Central Europe

The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota is proud to announce a the publication of a collection of articles by Dr. Josef Mestenhauser! Titled “Shifting Landscapes in Central Europe: The Czech and Slovak Republics and their Relations with the United States of America”, it’s available in print or digitally. Find it in our...

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Publications: Czechoslovakia: Guinea Pig of the Cold War?

Publications: Czechoslovakia: Guinea Pig of the Cold War?

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser My focus in some recent articles was on the year 1948 from a Czech perspective. I was an active participant in  events at that time and have found it hard to explain our inept leadership and apathetic public, both of which allowed the communists to take over the country so quickly and easily. What about the U.S.’s perspectives? The short answer is that the U.S. was also asleep, and its representatives were...

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Publications: Waiting for Godot

Publications: Waiting for Godot

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser (Part One of Dr. Mestenhauser’s article appeared in the June/July Slovo.) Proclaimed on Apr. 5, 1945, the Kosice Program—although written by the communists–defined the postwar state of a democratic Czechoslovakia. Two ministers were to be non-partisan: Ludvik Svoboda, Minister of National Defense, and Jan Masaryk, Minister of Foreign Affairs. As future events proved, these ministers were anything but...

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Publications: February 25, 1948 The day of shame

Publications: February 25, 1948 The day of shame

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser Contemporary political, economic and social scene in the Czech and Slovak Republics have been largely defined by the dissidents and their generation of the Dubcek’s Prague Spring 1968 era. This seemed to hide the fact that there was an important antecedent, the communist coup d’état on February 25, 1948. I was an active participant in those events and wanted to include this topic in one of my articles. The...

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Publications: How did the communist coup happen?

Publications: How did the communist coup happen?

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser The communists did not just gain power overnight. Understanding the context of how this event happened is very important, because it is now so long since it occurred that people might simply forget or ignore this occurrence as no longer relevant, or because the events of the Prague Spring of 1968 have overshadowed the country’s own history. Yet there are lessons to learn for the present time. My understanding...

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