Oskar Schindler, too good a friend of the Jews to be a friend of the Communists

Oskar Schindler was called “the swindler” – for a schindler-swindler pun – by the inhabitants of Svitavy, the Moravian town where he was born in 1908 and where Germans from the Sudetenland (the majority), Czechs and Jews lived together. Oskar had a rather turbulent childhood. He already liked engines and …

Unofficial Music During the Period of “Normalization”

Con la categoria “Tesi” si intende raggruppare tesi di laurea dedicate alla storia del dissenso, depositate e già pubblicamente disponibili online presso alcune università della Repubblica ceca.   Unofficial Music During the Period of “Normalization” Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, MA Program Euroculture Tesi di Iva Raková Olomouc 2010  

The Slovak priests who made the USSR their mission

The pastor of Nitra, Peter Murdza (1954-2009), died shortly before Christmas. His story is recounted in the book Zapas o nádej (Struggle for Hope) a collection of biographies of six priest-friends, clandestinely ordained in Slovakia during communist totalitarianism, all members of the Fatima Community. The unique aspect of this initiative …