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2010/1 resumé

Summary

 

This years (2010) first number of the Prágai Tükör brings in its section Hungarian fates west of Moravia an interview with Tamás Csémy, the first and founding president of the Association of Hungarians living in the Czech Republic. In the interview Csémy talks in detail about the events that took place after November 1989, the aftermath which led to the preparations to establish an association of Hungarians, about who took part in these activities and what was the vision on how the association should work back then, as well as how he sees the associations’ work today.

He also gives testimony about the atmosphere of the seventies and nineties in the society and about the activities of the Hungarian students’club of Ady Endre in Prague.

The interview is also dedicated to his personal life, his career in the Czech diplomacy and how he was able to keep true to his Hungarian roots in the environment of a foreign city.

In the section Hungarians in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia we publish Kornelia Dienes’s essay on the activities of the Hungarian reform church in Prague. The material was also broadcast by the Vatican radio.

The section Hungarians and Czechs - past and the present brings an interesting article about a nearly forgotten interview, given by Karel Čapek in the thirties to a magazine after returning from Hungary. In this section we also inform about the European Councils appeal to the Czech government to pay closer attention to minority languages.

Czech literature is represented in the magazine by Zdeněk Svěrák’s story, translated by well known translator Margit Zádor. She has also written a short portrait of Zdeněk Svěrák.

The appendix Tükörkép brings a picture report from the 19th annual Hungarian ball in Prague and informs about the activies of the associations branches in Prague and in Brno. Katalin Kecskés, a student of the Charles University, introduces the Prague choir Mill Do(re)mi. We also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the minority political movement Coexistentia - Soužití. As part of the appendix we have the traditional section with materials for children.