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Pavel Tigrid: London Calling

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 14, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Václav Havel: “From my youth, Pavel Tigrid was for me above all an important and credible mirror of modern history. He wasn’t only a witness to troubled history but helped shape it. Tigrid was one of our certainties. He exists as an idea, a stance, an inspiration, a yardstick.”

Pavel Tigrid (1917–2003) returned to his past with characteristic temperance when shortly after the war he wrote the now forgotten article Volá Londýn (London Calling). In it he captured the experience of wartime London, the BBC and the Czechoslovak exile community. The text is supplemented by a hitherto unreleased Tigrid programme for the BBC’s wartime broadcasts as well as a study exploring the context of Tigrid’s wartime exile and the fates of his friends and companions. The book Volá Londýn. Ze zákulisí československého vysílání z Londýna (London Calling: Behind the Scenes of Czechoslovak Broadcasting from London) is being published on the centenary of Tigrid’s birth by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

Prokop Tomek (Military History Institute, Prague), Petr Orság (head of the Department of Media and Culture Studies and Journalism at Olomouc’s Palacký University) will present the book and discuss Tigrid’s work and life with other guests. 

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