(Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, founder and first President of Czechoslovakia)
Last weekend, I read the final pages of Robert William Seton-Watson’s work “A History of the Czechs And Slovaks”. I found the author’s epilogue, written in 1943, particularly moving. He declares his faith that soon, after the defeat of Nazi-Germany, the Czechs and Slovaks would be able to enjoy freedom again. In 1943 he could not know that once again these two peoples would find themselves abandoned by their friends and helpless against an overwhelming oppressor. And that they would have to wait and fight for freedom yet another half a century.
Reading Seton-Watson’s book, it occurred to me that it is a long, long time since I last visited the Czech republic. So, my New Year’s resolution is to go there again.
Posted on 8 January 2016Heyoka