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This page has details of forthcoming events that are organised by the BCSA or which may be of interest to BCSA members.

The British response to the Slansky Trial, Tuesday 10 May 6:30pm, Slovak Embassy

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the following event organised with the kind cooperation of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic. The British response to the Slansky Trial - New research from Southampton University.

In 1952, one of the most notorious of Communist show trials took place in Czechoslovakia, when alleged members of “the anti-state conspiracy centred around Rudolf Slánský” including the hitherto all-powerful General Secretary himself, were accused of a “Trotskyite-Titoite-Zionist plot” and sentenced to death.

Media interest was intense but reliable information not easy to obtain. The extent to which contemporary British understanding of the trials was accurate has been investigated by a group of postgraduate students at Southampton University. Themes touched on in their work included the trial’s anti-Semitic element, inner-party rivalry, the use of Slánský as a scapegoat for the country’s economic problems, the context of the Cold War and the other show trials of the late Stalin era. The student panel will be introduced by Professor Mark Cornwall.

Tuesday 10 May 6.30pm (doors open 6.15pm) at the Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY, nearest underground station Notting Hill Gate.

Admission Ł10, free for members of the BCSA.

Registration is necessary by e-mail to bcsa @bcsa .co .uk or by phone 020 8795 4875.

BCSA "Get to know you" Social Evening, Wednesday 11 May between 7pm and 10:30pm, Czech and Slovak National House, West Hampstead

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in the BCSA (members, supporters, friends and anybody else with Czech or Slovak connections) to meet, eat, drink, chat and get to know each other in a relaxed and informal setting.

We will be in one of the rooms at the Czech and Slovak National House for the evening (normally the first room on the left). All you have to do is turn up any time after 7pm and join in the conversations. There is no need to book. We usually have about a dozen people there at various times during the evening.

Food and drink are available from the restaurant and bar. Free admission.

Contact us at bcsa @bcsa .co .uk for details of our social events.

BCSA Summer Garden Party, Saturday 4 June 3pm, Slovak Embassy, London

Our annual Summer Garden Party will be held on Saturday 4 June from 3pm to 6pm in the communal gardens of the Slovak and Czech Embassies, with their kind permission. This is an opportunity for BCSA members, their families and friends to enjoy all the traditional delights of a garden party and to meet new people in pleasant surroundings.

The garden party will have the usual attractions, including: continental style refreshments and a barbecue, traditional live music, cash bar with beer, wine and free soft drinks and a prize raffle.

Book online with Eventbrite.

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