Czech Republic

Terezin, a nightmare where the music played on

By Orlando Radice, January 29, 2015

Under low-slung clouds, the voices of Moscow's Male Jewish Choir rung out across the western ghetto of Terezin.

A coronet that had not been played at the camp since the war came to melancholic life in the hands of a member of a clarinet trio.

Children performed part of Brundibar, an opera that premiered in 1944 in a building metres away.


Czechs honour the hero who saved 669 children

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

A man of 105 known as the "British Schindler" was awarded the highest Czech state honour for saving hundreds of children from the Nazis.

Sir Nicholas Winton organised trains out of Czechoslovakia for 669 children, most of whom were Jewish, and found them foster homes in London.

He received the Order of the White Lion from the Czech president in a ceremony at Prague Castle.


Nurse had sex with Nazis to infect them

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

An Czech woman has been posthumously honoured for gaining revenge on Nazis by sleeping with soldiers to infect them with sexually transmitted diseases.

After a campaign by retired lawyer Karel Friml, who lives in the woman's former home, she has been commemorated with honorary plaque which was placed on the outside of her house.


Palestinian envoy was holding the explosives that killed him

By Daniel Easterman, March 31, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador in Prague was holding explosives in his hands when he died in a bomb blast at his official residence in January, say the Czech police.

According to Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova, the Czech authorities conducted ballistics tests which demonstrated that the bomb material was being held by ambassasdor Jamal al-Jamal’s at the time of the explosion.