Saturday, July 23, 2011

Radio Prague Today 7.23.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

"If I had been a boy, I would have been shot…" Part 5

In Czech Books we hear the fifth part of Jaroslava Skleničková's moving memoirs, "If I had been a boy, I would have been shot…", read by the Czech-British actress, Veronika Hyks. After the assassination of the Nazi Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia, the "Butcher of Prague", Reinhard Heydrich, the Czech village of Lidice was chosen for complete destruction on the night from 9-10 June 1942. Jaroslava – or Jaří – was among 184 women from the village sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. David Vaughan gives us the story so far.

Bombs over Prague and Brno

The scene is Prague. It is just before midday on St Valentine's Day, February 14, 1945. An air-raid siren begins to wail. In previous weeks, Czechs have got used to the sirens, as Allied bombers have launched raid after raid on German cities, but so far the German-occupied Czech capital has been spared. This time it is different. Not long after the sirens stop a fleet of American Flying Fortresses appears in the skies. 152 tons of bombs are dropped on the densely populated centre of the city. The result is 701 people killed and over a thousand injured.

Science Journal 23.7.2011

Where will the energy of the future come from? If it comes from nuclear fusion, then the COMPASS tokamak fusion reactor in at Prague's Institute of Plasma Physics will have played an important role in making it a reality.