Prague mayor rents former flat to single mom as part of a pilot project

More top headlines for Prague and the Czech Republic for Monday, January 10, 2022.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 10.01.2022 09:50 (updated on 12.01.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

15:09 Film director Dušan Klein, Holocaust survivor, dies at 82

Slovak-born Czech film director and scriptwriter Dušan Klein a Holocaust survivor, died at 82 on Sunday, his son David Klein told journalists today. Dusan Klein made his mark by a series of films about "teenage poets." Klein shot tens of detective stories and comedies such as "Yes, My Dear Friends" (1989), a satirical story made at the close of the Communist regime, and also televised series. The first three parts of Klein's legendary "poetic" series was seen by over five million viewers in the 1980s. Klein is a graduate from the Prague Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) where he majored in filmmaking and between 1975 and 1991, he worked at the Barrandov Film Studio. As a child, Klein survived the stay in the Theresienstadt ghetto during World War II.

14:43 Prague Mayor's former apartment now home to single mom

The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, has announced his participation in the Municipal Rental Agency, a newly established public service that is helping to make housing accessible to Praguers in housing need. The mayor's apartment is now being rented by a single woman with three children. The mayor said he hopes to actively contribute to solving the long-term housing crisis, as a private individual who will rent the flat to the socially disadvantaged. Apartments must go through a formal selection. The mayor's apartment is now among fifteen properties for which the Municipal Rental Agency has a contract. In November, a mother with three small children moved into Hřib's former Vršovice residence.

13:55 Pardubice woman faces 20 years for abandoning newborn in dumpster

The Pardubice Regional Police have accused a 35-year-old woman of attempting to murder a minor. According to reports, the woman placed her newborn in a container in Pardubice on Saturday. Accidental witnesses found the severely hypothermic girl and the doctors managed to save her. The woman faces 15 to 20 years in prison the head of the general crime department, told the press today.

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13:20 Czech defense minister wants to recruit more soldiers

Czech Defence Minister Jana Černochová (Civic Democrats, ODS) wants to submit a bill on an investment fund for defense that would guarantee money for military purchases for several years and recruit more soldiers to the military, she told a press conference today. She said the fund could be set up in late 2023 or in the following years. She said more soldiers should be recruited already this year. Ideally, 2,000 new soldiers should join the military a year, while at present it is 500 to 800 new soldiers a year. Černochová said one soldier costs the state one million crowns per year, so it is necessary to earmark the required funds

Over 3,000 protest mandatory vaccination in Prague

Some 3,500 people protesting a government directive that imposes mandatory Covid-19 vaccination on selected professionals and people over 60 gathered on Prague's Wenceslas Square Sunday afternoon and later set off for a march heading to the Government Office and Prague Castle. Speakers questioned the efficiency of the vaccine, inoculation of children, and face masks. Police estimated some 3,000 people started on the square with others joining later. As a result, roughly 3,500 people marched in the event organized by the DOG Croaked/We Will Open Czechia anti-lockdown group.

Racy mural on abandoned Czech rooftop can be seen from space

A large mural has appeared on the roof of an abandoned building near the village of Maxov near Česká Lípa. The provocative painting, called "Prayer" depicting a naked kneeling woman, was created by two Czech artists known as Unlimited Freedom Ritchie and JW Mind Strike. The artists say it's the largest work of illegal street art in the Czech Republic. Czech media have been reporting that the image also appears on Google Earth. "It cost almost 500 square meters, 60 kilograms of paint, and two days of work," the artists said of the mural on social media.

Pilsen commemorates 80th anniversary of Jewish transport to Terezín

The city of Pilsen has opened an exhibition commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Jewish transports to the Terezín concentration camp through historical documents and photos. Some 2,604 men, women, and children were deported from the Plzeň freight station to the ghetto in Terezín in January 1942. Only 204 out of them lived to see the end of the war. The exhibition opens in the city hall today and runs through January 28, while an outdoor exhibit is open until February 3. Following Prague and Brno, Pilsen was the third Czech city from which Jews were deported.

Three missing Poles found dead in Tatras

Three Polish tourists who went missing in the Slovak Tatra mountains on Friday were found dead after a weekend-long search. The cause of death is not yet known, the Slovak mountain rescue service reported. The bodies were discovered near the Kotlovy štít peak in the Gerlach region.

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The rescue mission began on Friday evening. Initial findings imply that the trio was comprised of a Polish guide and two clients who wanted to climb the Gerlachov Peak, the highest mountain of the High Tatras. Slovak rescuers said that the guide did not have permission for mountain expeditions; rescuers had previously warned of unfavorable mountain conditions.

Vietnamese in Czech Republic marking Lunar New Year

The Vietnamese Cultural and Art Association in the Czech Republic held a gathering at the Sapa commercial center in Prague on January 8, to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. The highlight of the program was a traditional long dress show. Hoang Dinh Thang, Chairman of the Union of Vietnamese People Associations in Europe lauded the Mrs Ao dai fund in Europe for its contributions to bringing together Vietnamese across Europe.

Ambassador Thai Xuan Dung said the fund has supported Vietnamese at home affected by natural disasters, as well as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lunar New Year takes place on February 1, 2022.

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