October 15, 2013 |
For George Horner at age 19, music was an escape from the pain that surrounded him and his family in the Czechoslovakian concentration camp where they were imprisoned. Horner's passion for music endured through several near-misses with death, the loss of his family, and through the end of World War II. Later this month Horner, now 90, a retired physician and a resident of Newtown Square, will commemorate the lives lost in the Holocaust by performing on piano at Boston Symphony Hall alongside legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Oct. 22 performance was arranged by Mark Ludwig, the head of the Terezin Music Foundation, a Boston nonprofit group that honors the legacy of composers who died in the Holocaust.
June 4, 2013 |
PASSAU, Germany - Swollen rivers gushed into the old section of Passau in southeast Germany on Monday, as water rose in the city to levels not seen in more than five centuries. The city was one of the worst hit by flooding that has spread across a large area of central Europe following heavy rainfall in recent days. At least eight people were reported to have died and nine were missing due to floods in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. "The situation is extremely dramatic," Herbert Zillinger, a spokesman for Passau's crisis center, told the Associated Press.
April 30, 2013 |
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A powerful blast believed to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district. The blast shattered windows in the scenic area of charming streets and postcard-pretty buildings, sending glass flying. Authorities closed a wide area around the site, and some tourists were stranded on street corners with baggage-loaded trolleys, unable to get into their hotels.
January 18, 2013 |
FOR JAKE VORACEK, the one benefit of the NHL's 119-day lockout was a chance to play in his native Czech Republic. "It was something I hadn't done since I was 18 or 19 years old," Voracek said. "It isn't every day that you have a chance to play at home, and play in the best league [KHL] in the world at the time, since there was no NHL. " There were a few downsides, though. One of them was living at home. "I lived with my mom, downstairs at their house," Voracek said with a smile.
December 11, 2012
Karel Vas, 96, a prosecutor who came to symbolize unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, has died. Czech public television reported that Mr. Vas died Saturday in a home for retirees in Prague where he had lived. Details were not available. During World War II, he moved to the Soviet Union where he began to collaborate with dictator Josef Stalin's much-feared secret police. Historians say Mr. Vas one of the state prosecutors who played a key role in show trials that used fabricated evidence to hand out death sentences to opponents of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
November 23, 2012 |
Hello there More than a year had passed since Dan lost Linda, his wife of 27 years, to ovarian cancer. He was spending a 2004 Saturday with a group of her friends and told them he was planning to join a singles group - the Valley Forge Walkers - the next day at the park. One couple said they knew a wonderful woman, Diana, who was a Walker, and suggested he introduce himself. Diana wasn't there the first week, but Dan found her the next time. They walked and talked together for an hour.
May 10, 2012 |
Prague Winter A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 By Madeleine Albright Harper. 488 pp. $29.99 Reviewed by Joelle Farrell When German soldiers occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, a Czech diplomat and his wife scooped up their toddler daughter and fled to England. The child, who would one day become the United States' first female secretary of state, was forever changed by the failed diplomacy of "appeasement" that led her home country to become one of Adolf Hitler's first victims.
March 24, 2012 |
For once, James Conlon seemed like a conductor without a cause. No Holocaust composers or underappreciated Zemlinsky masterworks were on his Philadelphia Orchestra program Thursday, just Mozart and Dvorak that had connections with the great city of Prague. Still, the charismatic Conlon revealed himself as an incurable egghead. The real theme of the program was the key of D minor - the one Mozart saved for dread of the supernatural, whether the sea god Poseidon or Don Giovanni's murder victim returning from the dead.
March 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Surveying the terrain of the Kennedy Center's Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna festival, one sees concert after concert that could prompt music lovers to board buses, trains, and planes to get here. Last week, the National Symphony Orchestra played Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle with the distinguished cast of Michelle DeYoung and Matthias Goerne. This week is the 1805 version of Beethoven's Fidelio , titled Leonora , with Melanie Diener. Dvorak's Stabat Mater occupies the Prague week with performances next Thursday and March 24 with Anne Schwanewilms, Natalie Stutzmann, Steve Davislim, and Robert Holl.
February 16, 2012 |
BUCHAREST, Romania - More than 650 people have died during a record-breaking cold snap in Eastern Europe, authorities said Wednesday, as officials in the Czech Republic blamed two huge car crashes on blinding snow. Since the end of January, the region has been pummeled by the deep freeze, which has brought the heaviest blizzards in recent memory. Tens of thousands have been trapped in often-freezing homes and villages by walls of snow and unpassable roads, and officials have struggled to reach the vulnerable with emergency food airlifts.