Five floors up in a Scandinavian-modern high-rise overlooking much of Stockholm, four of the windows in a corner apartment glow with cathedral scenes melted onto sky-blue stained glass. Add a comment

Eugene von Teuber: The Disinherited Heir Who Saved His Family

A 30-year-old Austrian aristocrat knelt in the chapel of his family castle at Krizanov in Moravia in 1933 and experienced a revelation… Add a comment

Christine Voskovec: The 'Spy' Who Loved a Legend

When Christine McKeown from Philadelphia first worked with George Voskovec from Prague as actors in Paris at the beginning of the 1950s, she was a flaky princess living the life of Holly Golightly almost a decade before Truman Capote invented the heroine of his novelette, Breakfast at Tiffany's… Add a comment

Ivan Svitak: A Leninist Lunch With A Lonely Sniper

Ever the outsider, Ivan Svitak is bleeding internally for the severed nation he served in its final Parliament last year. Add a comment

Chucking Curtis Abraham Out of the Czech Republic

One winter night a generation ago, my family and I were expelled and deported from Prague to Vienna for my sins of truth-telling. Add a comment

Bernard Schneider: Living in a Memorial

Our neighbors in Austria have a bad conscience. Add a comment

Edvard Outrata: Man in the Middle of a Muddle

He twinkles! He jokes! He cackles with glee.  Add a comment

Richard Katrovas: A Bard Bears Witness to a Velvet Revolution

Richard Page Harris, Jr., was 10 and living in a Virginia housing project when he first heard a radio broadcast about the place where he would plant seed and verse... Add a comment

Zora Semberova: A Star Danced and Her Legend Lives

Can you identify the ballerina who first danced the female lead in Sergei Prokofiev's ballet version of Romeo and Juliet - and where? Galina Ulanova? Maya Plisetskaya? Margot Fonteyn? At the Bolshoi? The Kirov? The Met? Add a comment

Dr. Peter Huncik: The Psychiatrist in a Revolving Door

"Mine is an unfinished life. I am a semi-doctor, a semi-writer, a semi-poet, semi-editor, but I am not a real journalist. I was working for two years beside Havel as his adviser on minorities, but I am not a real politician." Add a comment

Alain Coblence: When a plateau crumbles beneath you

'Its humanistic idea should benefit the whole world,' said Vaclav Havel of the Prague Mozart Foundation. Add a comment

Jan Jozef Wnek: An operatic New Yorker in Prague

Despite an unfortunate name change from the glorious-sounding Smetana Theater to the more workman-like State Opera, most of the change going on in the glittering jewel box just up the Street of Political Prisoners from our office has been ambitious, challenging, provocative-and exciting! Add a comment

Kaca Polackova-Henley: A translator's transatlantic odyssey

After 1989's Velvet Revolution, the emigre novelist Josef Skvorecky promised a friend that 'everything's going to be all right, so long as Polackova doesn't come back-because every time she does, something happens.' Add a comment

Adrian A. Basora: The making of an ambassador

The new US ambassador to Czechoslovakia wants to be an Ugly American. Add a comment

Fischl = Dagan: For whom the cock crows

At 80, with one gray-green eye lost to glaucoma and the other clouded by a cataract, his stare is still keen and penetrating, his stride along a cobblestoned street in Mala Strana is brisk and confident, and the words that flow in English, Czech, and occasionally Hebrew are precise and witty. Add a comment

Ambassador Shirley Temple Black

For her first Thanksgiving as US ambassador to Prague in 1989, Shirley Temple gave a party to which nobody came — except her husband, Charles A. Black, and their newborn Boxer puppy, Gorby. Add a comment