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HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR FREEDOM


The name Jan Palach invariably comes to mind any time I think of the August, 1968 Soviet invasion and subsequent occupation of Czechoslovakia.  Palach was a 21 year-old university student who decided to protest the occupation of his country by … Continue reading

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OKAY, GURU OBAMA, NOW I HAVE TRUE UNDERSTANDING!


In the summer of 1965, my parents made the potentially life-stopping decision to escape from what was then the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (CSSR), to give themselves and their progeny (including moi), a chance for a life in freedom and dignity.  … Continue reading

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SOME THOUGHTS ON FREEDOM


BRUCE’S ADDRESS TO HIS ARMY AT BANNOCKBURN Robert Burns Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled, Scots, wham Bruce has aften led; Welcome to your gory bed, Or to Victory! Now’s the day, and now’s the hour; See the front of … Continue reading

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WEIGHTY WHAT-IFS FOR MEMORIAL DAY


Judge Napolitano asks some pretty pertinent questions (h/t JWR), to be thought about seriously this Memorial Day. However, under the Obama regime, such questions needed – and need – to be asked seriously every day because, under his “rule” (a … Continue reading

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SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE 1948-1989 ERA IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA


Whenever I find myself at a loss, I start poring through the writings of my friend and mentor Tommy Mandl, of blessed memory.  In his opus, I always find wisdom, and experience inner peace, as if he were still with … Continue reading

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RIP, PRESIDENT HAVEL


Bad news for the world. The first post-Communist President of Czechoslovakia is no longer with us. He passed away today at the age of 75 in the company of his wife Dagmar and a nurse. This modest playwright, outspoken opponent … Continue reading

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THE JOYS OF LIVING IN A SOCIALIST SOCIETY


On September 11 (!) 1951, a Czechoslovak train engineer with several other accomplices managed to “kidnap” his whole train to West Germany – and freedom.  The three chief co-conspirators were Jaroslav Konvalinka, the engineer, Jaroslav Švec, a dentist from Karlovy … Continue reading

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IN MEMORY OF D-DAY – AND OF DAD


My father didn’t land on the beaches of Normandy with the Western Allies.  In fact, on June 6, 1944, he was in Auschwitz-Birkenau where had been transported from the Munkács (Mukachevo) ghetto the previous month and was the only one … Continue reading

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DANGEROUS IDEAS IN OBAMA TIMES


Lovely bumper stickers.

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THE ESCAPE, PART 11


FREEDOM AT LAST That evening, Dad instructed me in the fine art of pretending that I had appendicitis.  I had to learn how doctors probe for it, when I’m supposed to yelp with pain, where pain starts and where it … Continue reading

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