Significant Czechs

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2nd Lieutenant
Nov 3, 2004
Praga Mater Urbium
This is a bit off topic, but I will post it anyway:

VIP's, who are originally Czech or have Czech ancestors:

  • Sigmund Freud, neurologist. Founder of the modern psychiatry.
  • Franz Kafka, writer. One of the most important writers in the modern period.
  • Miloš Forman, director. Emmigrated in 1968 to the USA.
  • Madeleine Albright, former Foreign Minister of the USA. Emmigrated in 1938.
  • John Kerry, politician. His grandfather came to the US from Moravia.
  • Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the Porsche car factory.
  • Milan Kundera, novelist. Emmigrated in 1968 to France.
  • Jens Nowotny, German fighter ace. His parents were orignally Czech.
  • Eugene Cernan, astronaut. His parents came to the US from Czecho.
  • Oskar Schindler, nazi. He was a Czech German.
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, writer.
  • Konrad Henlein, nazi politician. Czech German.
  • Adolf Loos, architectonist. Founder of the functionalism style.
  • Alfons Mucha, artist. Founder of the Art Noveau style.
  • Karel Čapek, writer. Inventor of the word "robot".
  • Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, politician. The first Czechoslovak president.
  • Kaiser Charles IV. King of the Czechlands and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Václav Havel, dramatician and politician. First Czechoslovak president after the fall of Communism.
  • Josef František, fighter pilot. Czechoslovak fighter ace and top-scoring ace from the Battle of Britian.
  • Ernst Mach, physician. Inventor of the "Mach" speed unit.
  • Otto wichterle, chemical engineer. Inventor of the contact lenses.
  • Josef Ressel, inventor of the propeller.
  • Jehuda Löw ben Becalel, rabbi. Jewish scholar, creator of the Golem.
  • Andy Warhol, artist. Founder of the Pop Art sytle.

I'm sure there's much more of them but I can't remebetr at the moment. I'll add some if it comes to my mind. ;)
This is a bit off topic, but I will post it anyway:

VIP's, who are originally Czech or have Czech ancestors:

  • Oskar Schindler, nazi. He was a Czech German.

Schindler I think was an opportunist, not a Nazi. They where in power, and to be successful one had to cater to them. Eventually he spent his financial and political gains to save over 1000 Jews.
Of course there is a lot of debate about him, but at the very least he was not a nazi.

Alexander Dubček tried to reform the Czech communist party, but was stopped by Soviet invasion "socialism with a human face".

and Masaryk, Štefánik and Beneš.
Founders of CSR
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