The BCSA held its 25th Annual Dinner at London’s Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on 25th November 2016. Slovak Ambassador HE L’ubomír Rehák was our guest speaker. Read more
To mark the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, the BCSA held a public discussion at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on 29th November with two leading players in Slovakia’s post-communist economic transition – Vazil Hudák, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank and former Slovak Minister of the Economy, and Dr Michal Horváth of York University. Read more
Journalist and senior BCSA member Milan Kocourek gave a talk on 26 January about some of Count von Luetzow’s endeavours in the years before 1914 as well as his wartime activities.Diplomat and member of the Austrian parliament, Count Franz/František von Luetzow (1849-1916) was that rarity, a German-speaking Bohemian aristocrat whole-heartedly devoted to the Czech national cause. With a British mother, he wrote prolifically in English, attempting almost single-handedly to dispel anglophone ignorance about Bohemian history and the contemporary Czech scene, as in The Life and Times of Master John Hus (1909) and in a delightful guidebook The Story of Prague (1902). His conduct in Austria-Hungary and in Britain caused much resentment among his peers, a particularly controversial episode being his duel with his superior, the Austro-Hungarian ambassador in London. On the outbreak of war in 1914, the Count settled in Switzerland, from where he supported the cause of Czech independence led by Thomas Garrigue Masaryk.
The talk was one of a number of events organised by the BCSA to mark First World War anniversaries with a Czechoslovak connection.