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Remembering Jan Masaryk

(This article expired 09.03.2014.)

On March 7, the Czech Embassy in cooperation with the Forum of British, Czech and Slovak Historians organised an event “Remembering Jan Masaryk” to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of a Czechoslovak statesman and diplomat. British and Czech historians assessed Masaryk´s diplomatic career, his involvement with the Czechoslovak Government in Exile and his wartime broadcasts on BBC.

Two panels entitled “Jan Masaryk and Public Diplomacy” and “Masaryk as a diplomat and soldier” were introduced by Ambassador Michael Žantovský and Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Republic Minister of Foreign Affairs. Erica Harrison from University of Bristol and Miroslav Krupička, Editor-in-Chief from Radio Prague, spoke about Masaryk´s BBC Czech language broadcasts during the WW2. Eduard Stehlík from Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague focused on Masaryk´s military career. Vít Smetana from Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, spoke about "Masaryk between West and East".

The seminar, moderated by Dr Martin D. Brown, an Associate Professor of International History at Richmond, the American International university in London, was concluded with a screening of “The Death of a Democrat”, a UK TV programme examining disputed circumstances of Masaryk´s Death in March 1948. The screening was followed by a discussion with Cate Haste and Angela Spindler-Brown moderated by Jan Kaplan. The seminar was accompanied by an exhibition of archival documents and rare images of Jan Masaryk selected and presented by Jan Kaplan.

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