Category: Post War Relations

Commemorating Lidice in US Czechoslovak CommunitiesCommemorating Lidice in US Czechoslovak Communities

News of Lidice severely impacted the American Czechoslovak communities. Many locals could remember the village of Lidice from the days of their youth or as the home of some friend or relative. Residents decided they needed to take action to commemorate fellow citizens sacrificed “on the altar of freedom.”

“We Will Renew the Village of Lidice”“We Will Renew the Village of Lidice”

Ostensibly, the situation immediately after the war seemed favourable for developing contacts between Britain and Czechoslovakia – there was complete cooperation between the freshly coalescing political establishment in Prague and the British Lidice Shall Live committee. In most cases, the mediator was the Czechoslovak Embassy in London. Contact between the Lidice

Alan Bush, the Workers’ Music Association & LidiceAlan Bush, the Workers’ Music Association & Lidice

Following Dr Barnett Stross and the British Lidice Shall Live delegation in their pilgrimage to Lidice in 1947 were eminent composer and conductor Alan Bush and his Workers’ Music Association (WMA) Singers. Bush had established the WMA in 1936, and they were visiting Czechoslovakia to participate in the First International Youth Festival

12th July 1942, Stern Park Gardens – Lidice Illinois12th July 1942, Stern Park Gardens – Lidice Illinois

The first activities of the US Lidice Lives committee would focus on a small community called Stern Park Gardens, found on the outskirts of Joliet, Illinois. Merely two weeks following the disaster which befell the citizens of Lidice, the Chicago Sun magazine had an idea. It approached the Czechoslovak community

Czechoslovakia – Coup D’etat – 1947 / 1948Czechoslovakia – Coup D’etat – 1947 / 1948

With no European power left unscathed following the war, economic stagnation created a vacuum across the continent, and the US Government recognised the threats and opportunities which lay before it. In 1946, the potential for social unrest and the creeping expansionism of Communism into the West still existed across Central

Czechoslovak Government Visit to Shelley Potteries – 1947Czechoslovak Government Visit to Shelley Potteries – 1947

On the 24th of April 1947, Mr Josef David, President of the Czechoslovak National Assembly, began a fortnight’s tour of Great Britain. On May the 1st, Staffordshire’s Evening Sentinel reported on the tour and how Mr David visited Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday, April the 30th along with a party of his