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madeleine-albright
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Germans lost their art, too

Family says Albright’s father took paintings When Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs researched his biography on Madeleine Albright, he helped revive a claim against Albright’s family concerning artwork allegedly appropriated by her father, the late Czechoslovak diplomat Josef Korbel. The descendants of the family that originally owned the works of art – which include paintings… Keep Reading

Digging up Brahe
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Digging up Brahe

A search for clues to the famous astronomer’s death and life If everything goes according to plan, sometime in November a group of about a dozen Czech and Danish scientists will descend on the Church of Our Lady Before Týn on Old Town Square. Soon thereafter, a man who has been dead for more than… Keep Reading

Louis Armand
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Anthology tracks prose and poetry of past 20 years

New literary collection is a mix of Czech and expat writing Ever since The Prague Post’s original Editor-in-Chief Alan Levy compared the creative virility of 1990s Prague with 1920s Paris, the image of an artistic nirvana has danced in the heads of expats, both actual and potential. But a new English-language literary anthology, The Return… Keep Reading

Life among the ruins
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Life among the ruins

Poignant moments of love and loneliness in postwar Europe Three decades before Robert Mapplethorpe became infamous for his explicit homoerotic photographs, the German photographer Herbert Tobias (1924-82), an artist who was openly gay when it was far less accepted – homosexuality was still a crime, in fact, in postwar Germany – was making erotically charged… Keep Reading

Strahov Library Prague
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Czech Literature Portal now has website in English

“Poets are the antennae of the race,” declared the American poet Ezra Pound more than 50 years ago, a statement that optimists – and poets – still hold to be true. But the Internet age has caused a massive influx of largely low-quality publishing, making it more difficult than ever for readers to find the… Keep Reading

Bone Church
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Skeletal shrines

The Bone Church near Kutná Hora is an attraction, but it isn’t alone David Hahn and his wife were visiting Prague in the Czech Republic from Chicago. “The Bone Church in Sedlec, near Kutná Hora, was definitely on our agenda,” he says. “We saw pictures in a guide and thought, ‘We have to go there.… Keep Reading

19th-century telescope based on Kepler's design
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Science with a side of scandal

A new museum and conference look at the life’s work of Kepler, the death of his greatest collaborator sparks intrigue They came for the science, but they stayed for the tales of murder, sex and excess. A scientific conference is focusing on Johannes Kepler’s scientific contributions, but the sordid conspiracy theories that link Kepler to… Keep Reading

Short shrift for Swan Lake
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Short shrift for Swan Lake

Hybernia offers an abbreviated version with canned applause More than any other time of the year, right now Prague is packed with people seeking to explore the city’s rich cultural life. Yet August offers very little in the way of serious culture, especially on the dance scene. The best tourists hoping to see a ballet… Keep Reading

A tank burns on Vinohradská
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The everyday occupation: 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion

New English-language translation looks at the details of the ’68 Warsaw Pact invasion The 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia has been documented many times before, but a new English translation of a book by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes not only breaks new historical ground but brings the history to a… Keep Reading

Eagles of Death Metal
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Putting some fun in death metal

By any abusive name, this band knows how to have a good time The Eagles of Death Metal are not the kind of rock band to pass up a silly innuendo or obvious pun, as evidenced by the title of their latest release, Heart On. The band’s name originated in much the same fashion. A… Keep Reading

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