Rozhovor Britských listů 286. Cítím se být honorárním Skotem [Britské listy Interview 286. I feel I am an honorary Scot]

Culik, J. and Millar, P. (2020) Rozhovor Britských listů 286. Cítím se být honorárním Skotem [Britské listy Interview 286. I feel I am an honorary Scot]. [Audio]

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Abstract

Why was General Čepička, Czechoslovak Defence Secretary under Stalinism in the early 1950s, in the toilet for such a long time? Jan Čulík talks again to Dr. Paul Millar, the 87-year-old Czech Honorary Consul in Edinburgh about his life-long experiences. As a young man, doing his Czechoslovak national service, in 1951, Dr. Millar met General Čepička... Later on in life, Dr. Millar was prevented from studying medicine because the communist regime decided he was of an "incorrect class origin". Nevertheless, he managed to study agricultural science and after the 1968 Soviet invasion, he and his wife were appointed as research scientists in a research institute in Edinburgh. How stupid was the Czechoslovak communist regime to prevent its own citizens from gaining appropriate education and using their talents for the benefit of the country. No wonder countries in the West like the UK absolutely snapped up Czechoslovak specialists once they had emigrated after the Soviet invasion of 1968. The interview was broadcast by the Czech cable TV station Regionalnitelevize.cz from Wednesday 27th May 2020.

Item Type:Audio
Keywords:Czechoslovakia, Stalinism, General Cepicka, General Čepička, Scotland, Edinburgh, Czech diplomatic service, immigration, Paul Millar, Czech Honorary Consul.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Culik, Dr Jan
Authors: Culik, J., and Millar, P.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Slavonic Studies
Publisher:Britské listy, Regionalnitelevize.cz
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