The Czech Connection

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Embassy of the Czech Republic

26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens

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The Czech Connection

The Secret History of the Czech Connection: The Czechoslovak Government in Exile in London and Buckinghamshire during the Second World War

During the First World War Tomas Masaryk lived in exile in London and used his influence to make the independence of Czechoslovakia a war aim of the British government. He was helped by Edvard Benes who did a similar job in Paris, who sometimes visited him in London. Later after the Munich Agreement President Benes came to London in exile, and formed a Government in Exile with Jan Masaryk and others. Working with the British government they once again sought the independence of Czechoslovakia. Neil Rees will tell the social history or these people and how and where they lived and interacted with the English. The talk is illustrated with period photographs. Copies of his book “Czech Connection” will be for sale after the talk.

Neil William Rees (author)

Neil Rees is British and lives in Buckinghamshire with his family. In the early 1990s he worked in Plzen in Bohemia where he grew to love all things Czech. He works as a technology consultant, but in his spare time he researches local history stories. He has been researching the British Czechoslovak connections, especially the stories of Tomas Masaryk and Edvard Benes in England during both wars. The result was a book called "The Czech Connection", An earlier edition has also been translated into Czech by “Spolecnost Edvarda Benese”. He has also written and contributed to a number of other local history books.

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The presentation will be concluded by a drinks reception in the foyer of the Cinema. All the guests are welcome to attend and use this opportunity to discuss the "Czech Connection" directly with Mr. Rees.

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Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the programme. The cinema is accessible through the reception of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Please note the entrance is on Bayswater Road.

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