One of the “Little Stalins” installed to power in the wake of the Red Army’s march toward Germany during the closing months of World War II, Mátyás Rákosi certainly shared his sponsor’s brutality. Crude in his behavior, a trait he nurtured as a badge of his lower-class status, Rákosi helped fashion Hungary’s Socialist catastrophe. Employing identity politics and “salami tactics” Rákosi slowly sliced away all those opposed to collectivism. Fear, intimidation, and death were considered necessary tools in his effort to build a classless society. From his rise to leadership in 1945 to his forced exile in 1956 hundreds of thousands of Hungarians were either imprisoned or executed.
“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.” Machiavelli
I have re-blogged articles from this site before. It concerns a very important chapter in modern history. Unfortunately, it is chapter many choose to dismiss.
Neúcta k pomníku okřídleného lva!
In June 2014, the Winged Lion monument was unveiled at Klárov, Prague; a gesture from the British ex-pat community in the Czech and Slovak Republics to thank Czechoslovakia for its men and women who served in the RAF during WW2.
V červnu 2014 byl v Praze na Klárově odhalen „Okřídlený lev“, gesto díků komunity britských migrantů v České republice a na Slovensku určené československým mužům a ženám, kteří sloužili v řadách RAF v průběhu druhé světové války.
In November 2017, phase II of this project was completed with the inclusion of panels listing the names of those 2507 Czechoslovak men and women who had served in the RAF.
V listopadu 2017 byla dokončena druhá fáze projektu zahrnující panely se seznamem jmen všech 2507 československých mužů a žen, kteří za druhé světové války sloužili v RAF.
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For Czechoslovak RAF airmen relatives and enthusiasts, a key location to visit when in Brno is the Air Café.
Pro všechny příbuzné letců RAF a také jejich sympatizanty, kteří navštíví město Brno, je nemyslitelné, že by nenavštívili jejich kultovní místo – kavárnu Air Café.
Air Café origins go back to 1999 when brothers Albert and Adam Kronek began to develop their seemingly simple idea of combining the atmospheric environments of gastronomy and honouring the Czechoslovak airmen, who fought in the RAF during WW 2 in Great Britain in one establishment. The walls are decorated with numerous photographs of the airmen, posters, aviation artifacts and the glass display cabinets show many of their personal belongings which all have various connections to the four Czechoslovak RAF squadrons.
Vznik Air Café se váže k roku 1999, kdy bratři Albert a Adam Kronkovi spolu začali realizovat svoji zdánlivě prostou myšlenku – vytvořit gastronomický stánek…
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John H Arnold, History: A Very Short Introduction. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2000).
As one of the “A Very Short Introduction” series of books, John H Arnold’s installment on History is very short indeed, just 123 pages. It is also, very informative. History does more than define history as those things belonging to the past. It describes the act of creating history, a work of history. Much attention is given to the importance of research. Searching for, collecting, and organizing small bits of evidence. Allowing the evidence to prove both insights to, and questions about, a given topic. History also discusses sources, primary and secondary. Most of all, History explores historiography, the way in which each of us view history.
Roger Crowley, 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and The Clash of Islam and The West. (New York, NY: Hyperion, 2005).
There are events, history’s thunderclaps, that peal across time. Christian Europe’s resistance to Islam’s long campaign of expansion is punctuated by many significant events. Beginning with the Battle of Yarmouk in 636 to the Siege of Vienna in 1683, the forces of Islam proved nearly unstoppable as they wrested ever more territory, and people, from Christian realms. Perhaps the most significant event in this thousand-year drama, the Fall of Constantinople, occurred on May 29, 1453.
On the occasion of our Thirtieth Anniversary, Mrs. Present and I traveled to Europe. We visited Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. It was remarkable. I will be posting highlights from the trip. Most posts will consist of short histories and a lot of photos. I will go in depth on others.
First up: St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, CZ.
King Charles IV of Bohemia (later Holy Roman Emperor) began construction of St. Vitus Cathedral in 1344 AD. Two previous churches had existed on the site, the first being built in 925 AD. Construction of St. Vitus was lead by Matthias of Arras until he died in 1352. Peter Parler then assumed the role of head architect. Construction and restoration efforts continued until 1929, when the Cathedral was consecrated.
Remembering a veteran, I did not have the honor of meeting.
T/SGT Thomas Wayne Kelley Jr., USAF
Pleasantville, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Two questions should arise when you read the title of this series. First, “Who am I?” That question is easy to answer. I am History Present. A good place to expand on that answer is this blog’s “About Page.” The second question should be, “When, exactly, are my times?” I was born on the 26th of March 1959. So, my times are from then, until now. If only life were that simple. You see, it is that date which brings me to question my very being. To which era do I belong? More precisely, to which U.S. flag do I belong?
This question did not arise until I began studying history on a serious level. Most people are aware that Alaska and Hawaii became States in 1959. But, when in 1959? Whether you like it or not, dates are important to history and six dates are critical to this story. As was previously mentioned, March 26, 1959 is certainly critical. The second is January 3, 1959. That is the date of Alaska’s admission to the Union.1 OK, cut and dry, there were at least 49 States in Union when I was born. But, what about Hawaii? On August 21, 1959, the third critical date, Hawaii was admitted to the Union.2 Yes! I can claim a certain uniqueness, I am a “49er”! Only those born between January 3 and August 20, 1959 can make this claim. I can always point to a 49-star flag as I claim my tie to history. Or can I?
This post serves as an introduction to a new project. Importantly, the blog title “History Present” and the address (historypresent.com) will remain. This project fits squarely with the ideas that led me to start the blog. So…
What is it about? See the title. Who am I? A good place to start answering that question is found at this bog’s “About” page. When, exactly, are my times? From when I was born until now. More to follow.
How will it look? After collecting my scattered thoughts, and with a few minutes consideration, I settled on the following format. “Settled on” is to decisive a phrase. “Going with for now” is more accurate. Posts associated with this project will carry the title The History of My Times: According to Me. My thought is to create both a The History of My Times page (not sure) and category (certain). Each entry in the series will carry a subtitle reflecting that post’s subject matter. Example subject matters may feature the following subtitles: “The Cold War” or, “Cold Cuts.” To make searching easier, the post subtitle will appear above project title. While some subtitles may play at their given subject matters, I promise they will pertain to the subject matter. My intention is to deliver a serious history, mostly. Why deliver a serious history? Because I am not very funny.