U.S. Embassy Diplomat Pays Homage to Roma Victims in Lety Concentration Camp

U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission James Merz participated on May 13 in the ceremony paying homage to Roma victims of the Lety concentration camp that existed during the Second World War in woods near the city of Pisek in South Bohemia. “Those people were sent to Lety and later to other concentration camps ...
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Embassy Participates in Liberation Commemorations in Western and Southern Bohemia

As every year since 1990, U.S. diplomats have been proud to participate in celebrations held by some fifty municipalities across the western and southern part of Bohemia commemorating the World War II liberation by the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton. During the communist era, the U.S. role in the ...
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World War II Liberation Commemorations Culminate in Pilsen

From May 5-8, the Liberation Festival in Pilsen celebrated the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the region from Nazi oppression by the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George Patton. On Friday, May 6, the commemorations culminated in Pilsen. U.S. and Belgian veterans, members of government, and local politicians, and other guests gathered at the General ...
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Embassy Representatives Attend Liberation Events in Zhůří and Klatovy

Economic Officer Noah Woodiwiss and Political Specialist Helena Markusova delivered remarks to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II in Zhůří and Klatovy on May 5th. Ten American soldiers from the 90th Infantry Division were killed in Zhuri in the last days of the war while liberating the Czechoslovak people and ...
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U.S. Embassy Commemorates U.S. Air Force WWII Pilots

Major Adam Knox represented the U.S. Embassy at the commemoration event that took place near the Konopistě Chateau in the Benešov District on Friday, April 22nd. The event honored nine U.S. Air Force pilots who were shot down during their mission over then Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and who the Nazi’s subsequently executed without ...
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U.S. Defense Attaché Attends Liberation Commemoration Events in Western Bohemia

On Saturday, April 23, Defense Attaché Mark A. Wootan visited liberation commemoration events in Cheb and in Pilsen-Křimice. In Cheb, he attended a ceremony dedicated to the memory of U.S. soldiers of the 97. Infantry Division of the U.S. Army who liberated the town. In Křimice, Col. Mark Wootan together with Mayor Vít Mojžíš participated ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy on the 26th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

Prague, November 17, 2015 Today, we remember the men and women who rose up 26 years ago peacefully to demand their freedom during the Velvet Revolution. United by their common desire for liberty, they joined thousands across Central and Eastern Europe who yearned for a better life for themselves and for their children. The American ...
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U.S. Embassy Participation in the President Wilson Monument Handover Ceremony

Deputy Chief of Mission Steven Kashkett participated on October 7th at a ceremony to transfer custody of the Woodrow Wilson Monument to the City of Prague. At the ceremony organized by the American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR), Lord Mayor Adriana Krnáčová accepted the monument on behalf of the City. Deputy Chief of Mission ...
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U.S. and Czech Teams Commemorate 1945 American Football Match in Cesky Krumlov

In Cesky Krumlov, Americans and Czechs commemorated an American football match played in the town at the end of World War II.  In September 1945, two U.S. Army units played; last Saturday, Czech national champions – the Prague Black Panthers – fought with the team of the U.S. Army Dragoons on the playing field. Several ...
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U.S. Embassy’s Political Officer Nathan Webber Paid Homage to Roma Victims at the Hodonin Concentration Camp

On Sunday, August 23rd, Moravian Roma community members, including several Roma holocaust survivors, gathered at a memorial at Hodonín u Kunštátu to commemorate Roma who died at the Nazi internment camp in 1942 and 1943. Romani men, women, and children suffered inhumane conditions in the camp while waiting to be transported to Auschwitz. Only a ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 239th Independence Day

On Tuesday, June 30, Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger hosted a reception marking America’s Independence Day on July 4. Among the distinguished guests were the presidents of both parliamentary chambers, Milan Stech and Jan Hamacek, Chief Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President Hynek Kmonicek, ministers, diplomats, and many others. “Americans and ...
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The Embassy Supports “240 Miles to Freedom” Ride along the Demarcation Line

The U.S. Embassy Prague participated in the 240 MILES TO FREEDOM ride of U.S. historical military vehicles, which commemorates the Demarcation Line — the border that delineated how far east the Allied forces and how far west the Soviet forces went during the liberation of Czechoslovakia from Nazi occupation. On June 24, Major Adam Knox, ...
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The Embassy Commemorates Victims of Lezaky Massacre

U.S. Embassy Prague representatives attended a commemorative event held on Sunday, June 21, for the victims of Ležáky. Political Officer of the U.S. Embassy Prague Alex Barraso, his wife Brenda and daughter Valeria laid a wreath at a monument to all inhabitants of the village, who were executed by Nazis after the assassination of leading ...
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The Embassy Commemorates the 73rd Anniversary of Lidice Massacre

As we do every year, the U.S. Embassy participated in the annual commemoration of one of the most brutal incidents of World War II: the Nazi annihilation of the Czech village of Lidice and the summary execution of most of its inhabitants in collective retaliation for the assassination of the senior German officer in Prague ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Commemorates Victims of Lety Concentration Camp

On Wednesday, May 13, U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro attended the annual commemoration ceremony for the Romani victims of Nazism at the Lety Memorial. The gathering is traditionally organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (VPORH), which brings together former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps who are ...
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Liberation Festival in Pilsen Culminates with Commemoration at Thank You America! Memorial

The commemorative event at the Thank You America! Memorial was the peak of the Liberation Festival in Pilsen that started last Friday, May 1. Twenty-one American and Belgian veterans joined the local commemorative event marking the liberation of this region of the Czech Republic from Nazi oppression 70 years ago. U.S. Ambassador to the Czech ...
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U.S. Diplomats Participate in Liberation Commemorations

On Saturday, May 2nd, Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Kashkett opened the concert of the U.S. Army Europe Dixieland band “Rhine River Ramblers,” held in Pilsen’s main square as part of the annual Liberation Festival. The Festival, marking the U.S. Army’s liberation of Pilsen and the surrounding villages from Nazi occupation, is attended annually by ...
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Convoy of Liberty Arrives at the Embassy

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the U.S. Embassy in Prague hosted the Convoy of Liberty on Friday, April 24. The Embassy employees welcomed the Convoy dressed in historical costumes from the 1940’s, enhancing the festive atmosphere of the commemorative event. See the pictures on Flickr . A convoy of thirty historical vehicles, which ...
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Embassy Cyclists Retrace General Patton’s Journey to Plzen

A dozen U.S. Embassy Prague cyclists spent April 22 retracing the route that General Patton’s Third Army Division took when liberating the region seventy years ago. The group visited the towns of Domazlice, Horsovsky Tyn, Holysov and Dobrany, and finished their ride at the “Thank You, America” monument in Plzen. American Center Director Nick von ...
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U.S. Embassy Prague Commemorates 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of then Czechoslovakia at the end of World War II, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the town of Benešov and the Konopiště chateau on April 17. The Ambassador participated in commemoration ceremonies honoring the U.S. flyers who lost their lives near the Konopiště chateau close to Benešov ...
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The American Center Hosts Discussion on President Havel’s Visit to the U.S.

On February 12, the American Center hosted a panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of the first visit of President Havel in the U.S. The event was opened by Ambassador Andrew Schapiro who reminded in his opening remarks the great response that President Havel’s speech had in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. media. Marta Smolíková, Director of ...
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