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History on the 8’s lecture: Czechoslovak Exile After 1948

Many significant moments in Czech and Slovak history occurred in years ending in “8.” This lecture series featuring five acclaimed authors and scholars who will put the pivotal events of 1918, 1938, 1948, and 1968 into context and show how they continue to shape our lives in 2018.

Sponsored by GreatAmerica Financial Services, and Gary and Cathy Rozek.

Cost: Free, RSVP required. Seating is limited

Dr. Martin Nekola, a political science scholar and author from Prague, will discuss all aspects of the Czechoslovak Cold War Exile focusing on immigrants in the United States. A cash bar and refreshments will be available.

About the Speaker:

Martin Nekola, Ph.D., received his doctorate in political science at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. His research is focused on non-democratic regimes, the era of Communism, Czech communities abroad, and the East-European anti-communist exiles in the US during the Cold War. From time to time he participates in the election observation missions organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He is the author of more than 200 articles and has published eight books.

About the Lecture:

The exile after the coup in 1948 and the fate of Czechs abroad, who sought the return of freedom and democracy to their homeland, enslaved by the Communists, are an integral part of our modern history. However, this phenomenon is still neglected and the general public has only fragmentary information about it.  Researchers are still unable to agree on the intensities of individual waves of emigration between 1948 and 1989. The first periodicals were published and the first seeds of political activity were born and later developed by numerous exile groups and entities. Despite the promising start and international support, the so called Council of Free Czechoslovakia, meant as the umbrella body for the entire exile, writhed in crisis, fell apart, and reunited again. The council’s members were wasting time with endless quarrels and were continuously losing the confidence of the exile public and their donors from the US government. Dr. Nekola will discuss all aspects of the Czechoslovak Cold War exile (with a particular focus on the US) in his contribution.


September 26, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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