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Remembering Czechoslovakia 1918-1938

A “Remembrance Day” commemoration of the First Czechoslovak Republic

Event date: Saturday November 17, 2018 at 3 pm

Location: Edmonton Moravian Church, 9540-83 Ave
(North of the Whyte Avenue, near the Mill Creek Ravine)

Admission by donation. Free parking near the Moravian church.

Event is organized by the Czechoslovak Choir of Edmonton, and it is sponsored by the SVU-Edmonton, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (www.svu-edmonton.org), and by the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic

After a millennium of turbulent European history which culminated in World War I, on October 28, 1918 the first Czecho-Slovak state, officially named the Czechoslovak Republic, was anxiously proclaimed in Prague. It was joyfully celebrated by the Czechs and Slovaks world-wide, also in the United States of America and Canada. Sadly, after only two decades of freedom and prosperity, this short lived republic, arguably one of the most enlightened and democratic states in the history of mankind, was betrayed and dismantled by the rising Nazi Germany. The demise of Czechoslovakia in 1938 was one of the key events that led up to World War II.

Strategically located in the heart of Europe, since the 8th century A.D. the old Moravians, Bohemians, Czechs, Slovaks, and later the Czechoslovaks, were all plagued by the political power struggle, frequent invasions and wars. Aptly, the “Father of Czechoslovakia” T. G. Masaryk proclaimed – “Without the (Czechoslovak) Legions there would be no Czechoslovakia”! Likewise, thousands of patriotic Czechs and Slovaks volunteered in the Allied armies in both world wars, including in the British and Canadian Armed Forces. Sir Winston Churchill was especially fond of the Czechoslovaks and his biographers agree that the demise of Czechoslovakia prompted the most powerful speech of his political career: “All is over. Silent, mournful, abandoned, broken, Czechoslovakia recedes into the darkness…”

A lot of the fascinating history of Czechoslovakia is already forgotten, but a century later the lofty motto of Czechoslovakia still remains powerful and actual. The old noble maxim “Veritas Vincit” or “Truth is Victorious” insightfully encompasses all the political and cultural aspirations of the Czechs and Slovaks (and the Czechoslovak minorities) who fought and toiled for a free country of their own. This key conviction of the Czechoslovaks thus remains as their memento for posterity, still proudly announcing today that in the end it will be the Truth, very much like they envisioned it in 1918, which will prevail.

Outline of the event: The Czechoslovak Remembrance Day will be a multi-media and musical commemoration interlaced with a few poems, literary readings, and songs. Several brief Powerpoint segments prepared by Peter Hála will highlight the key aspects of the Czechoslovak history and culture, such as the significance of the Czechoslovak Legions fighting in France, Italy and Russia, The Battle of Zborov (a stunning Czechoslovak victory on the Eastern Russian Front similar to the Canadian Vimy Ridge victory), the liberation of Slovakia from the occupying Bolshevik Hungarian-Soviet Army, the role of the Czechoslovak women, and the life and wisdom of the Father of Czechoslovakia, T. G. Masaryk. Each segment will be followed by Czech and Slovak songs performed by the Edmonton Czechoslovak Choir accompanied by a renowned local pianist Jan Janovsky. The song selection has been prepared by the choir’s conductor Mrs. Kamila Moquin.

The event is open to all public curious about the extraordinary short-lived Czechoslovak republic. Youth and Canadians of all cultural backgrounds are most welcome. Presentation will be in English, songs will be sung in Czech and Slovak. Light refreshments and friendly chat will conclude the 70-minute event. Please joins us for some insightful history and somber reflection highlighted by the lively Czechoslovak songs and military marches.

Volejbal / telocvicne: 20178 / 2019

Tento rok sa nam podarilo objednat jednu telocvicnu na celu sezonu.

St. Basil Elementary/Junior High
10210 115 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 0L8

google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ecGShKDtUTq

Telocvicna je k dispozicii od 7PM do 9PM v nasledujucich dnoch:

Fri. September 14, 2018
Fri. September 21, 2018
Fri. September 28, 2018
Fri. October 5, 2018
Fri. October 12, 2018
Fri. October 19, 2018
Fri. October 26, 2018
Fri. November 2, 2018
Fri. November 9, 2018
Fri. November 16, 2018
Fri. November 23, 2018
Fri. November 30, 2018
Fri. December 7, 2018
Fri. December 14, 2018
Fri. January 11, 2019
Fri. January 18, 2019
Fri. January 25, 2019
Fri. February 1, 2019
Fri. February 8, 2019
Fri. February 15, 2019
Fri. February 22, 2019
Fri. March 8, 2019
Fri. March 15, 2019
Fri. March 22, 2019
Fri. April 5, 2019
Fri. April 12, 2019
Fri. April 26, 2019
Fri. May 3, 2019
Fri. May 10, 2019
Fri. May 17, 2019
Fri. May 24, 2019
Fri. May 31, 2019
Fri. June 7, 2019

Invitation to Photo Exhibit 1968 & 1989

1968-praha

1968 exhibit

1968 Prague Spring & Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Images by Jan Novotny

The Prague Spring officially began on January 5, 1968 when the reformist Alexander Dubček was elected the first secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party. The new leadership introduced freedoms that included loosening restric-tions on the media, speech and travel. The new government also partially decentralized the economy and started to introduce general democratization. Victims of purges during the Stalin era were rehabilitated. The Soviet Union saw the changes as a threat to their hegemony. On August 21, 1968 half a million Soviet and other Eastern Bloc troops invaded Czechoslovakia.

1989 exhibit:

1989 Velvet Revolution
Images by Tomki Němec, Vaclav Havel’s Personal Photographer

In the late 1980s, Václav Havel, a writer and dissident, was the accidental politician who spearheaded the 1989 Velvet Revolution that accomplished a peaceful fall of the communist regime. A true “philosopher king”, Havel fearlessly advocated humanitarianism, environmentalism, anti-consumerism, civil activism and direct democracy to public and world leaders alike. He received numerous recognitions and awards including the Order of Canada, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Four Freedoms Award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award and the Hanno Ellebogen Citizenship Award. He served as Czechoslovakia’s last president, and the first president of the Czech Republic.

 

Exhibit Locations in Edmonton, Alberta:

July 30 – August 27, 2018
Edmonton International Airport

August 29
Reception and Lecture, Derrick Golf and Winter Club, Edmonton

September 1 – 21
Edmonton City Hall

September 24 – October 7
St. Joseph High School, Edmonton

October 8 – 29
University of Alberta, Convocation Hall

Pigeon Lake: 17-19 august, 2018

Oznamujeme vsetkym priaznivcom dobrej nalady ze v dnoch 17-19 augusta 2018 sa opat uskutocni Pigeon Lake piknik. Areal bude spristupneny od piatku 18:00.

Tohtorocne stretnutie sa bude konat v prostredi “Mulhurst Lutheran Camp“.

 

Počas soboty sa bude podávať guláš.

Ubytovanie:

V chatkách sa vyspí 6-8 ľudí. Madrace sú potiahnuté gumou, podlaha je čistá, ale z betonu (takže chladnejšia), Su k dispozicii sprchy, umývadla a záchody. Na noc je dobré si priniesť spacák a nejaké to mydlo + uterák. Rezort má aj veľmi dobrú saunu, teda plavky sa odporucaju.

V hlavnej chate je kompletne vybavená kuchyňa (závodná kuchyňa, ako sa zvyklo vravievať), teda aj s riadom, pohármi, príbormi, chladničkou, mikrovlnkou. Kávu, čaj, mlieko a iné nápoje si treba priniesť so sebou… to isté platí aj o strave (okrem gulasu).

Bližšie info o chatkách nájdete tu: http://www.mulhurstlutherancamp.ca/rentals/

resp. kontaktujte Petra: lilco71@yahoo.ca