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Nonprofit helps Jewish families trace their ancestry

The Prague Post Toledot’s genealogical database compiles historical records for searches Anyone who can turn their hobby into a day job must be doing something right. Former molecular biologist turned genealogist Julius Müller has done just that. An interest in tracing his family’s genealogy led Müller to found a nonprofit Jewish family history center based… Read more »

Greening the Future: An Argument for Sustainable Cities

New Presence  Walking through the streets of Chrudim gives the impression that it’s like any other Czech city. With a population of about 24,000, Chrudim, 110 kilometers east of Prague, has a long, pretty square dominated by a large church. A mix of modern and baroque buildings, the requisite textile stores and herna bars –… Read more »

A Czech town memorializes oft-forgotten victims

Christian Science Monitor Half a million European Roma were killed under the Nazi regime. One Czech town has built a memorial to make sure that, like other victims of the Nazis, the Roma are not forgotten Deep in the peaceful Bohemian countryside 15 miles northwest of Prague sits the village of Lidice. The town itself… Read more »

The recovery Christmas

The Prague Post Some analysts say economic prospects are improving, and even if they aren’t, these gifts will have a rejuvenating effect It’s been a tough year. The lingering economic crisis has kept a damper on people’s attitudes toward their jobs. Spending has been tight, and the economy in general remains lethargic, but some analysts… Read more »

A Decade of Work: Roma in the EU

New Presence The Roma are Europe’s largest minority, with a population of an estimated 10-12 million. With concerns about integrating immigrants and the “failure” of multiculturalism making more recent news, the plight of the Roma, who are European Union (EU) citizens, seems to be an ongoing, but not acknowledged story. Disturbing headlines often appear, but… Read more »

Mayor candidates 2010: Markéta Reedová

The Prague Post Reedová resigned from city council in 2009 amid disgust with corruption Public Affairs (VV) mayoral candidate Markéta Reedová doesn’t pay much attention to polls, including recent ones that show her party running far behind in the race to lead Prague City Council. “The media has an obsession with polls, and they seem… Read more »

If I had been a boy, I would have been shot

Christian Science Monitor A Czech woman tells how her village was razed by the Nazis – and how she survived to tell the tale six decades later. “I started writing these memories when I was 70, for my children and grandchildren,” says Jaroslava Sklenicková. “I was wondering if I would remember anything, but when I… Read more »

Up and Away

The Prague Post The world’s best in Ultimate Frisbee take to the fields – and skies – of Prague to do battle with flying discs Identifiable flying objects will soon be whizzing across Prague’s skies. The sport is Ultimate Frisbee, a field game similar to soccer or hockey, but played by passing a Frisbee among… Read more »

Championship in Pruhonice is no monkey business

The Prague Post Climbers from across the Continent will take to the trees It looks like something you would see at the zoo: hands over feet scampering up branches to the tops of leafy trees. These aren’t monkeys though; they are the best human climbers on the Continent, and they are taking to the trees… Read more »

Hopefuls line up for a shot at televized stardom

The Prague Post An assortment of curious acts audition for Talentmania show A 16-year-old dancer pulled out an MP3 player to find an appropriate tune. He stuck it back in his pocket and began to groove, channeling Michael Jackson, sliding and writhing in front of the concession stands at the CineStar movie theater in Andel… Read more »