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Friday, July 06, 2007

Today in Czech History

On today's date in 1415, Jan Hus, leader of the "Hussites", was burned at the stake in Konstance, Germany. Bohemian (Czech) born, his teachings greatly contributed to the Protestantism. Although there are few Protestants in modern day Czech Republic, Hus is regarded as a hero and today is a national holiday here.

I think the hero status comes from the fact that he stood up to authority and made a real impact on the world. A rare figure indeed in the history of this region.

6 Comments:

  • Simple question: Jan or Jana, is that pronounced Yan or Yana or Jan or Jana? I'm not familiar enough with the Czech language to know how to read that.

    By Anonymous Stephanie, at 10:52 PM  

  • Sounds like Yan and Yana.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 11:45 PM  

  • I thought so, but I wanted to ask. Jan, Yan, Han -- most people I know aren't any more sure than I am, but you are in an excellent position to know not guess. Thank you.
    ;-)

    By Anonymous Stephanie, at 12:29 AM  

  • There is a religious group here in the US who trace their roots back to Jan Hus and the Hussites. They are the Moravian Church and have a large presence in Winson Salem, NC.

    By Anonymous rockync, at 2:13 AM  

  • Very interesting! Thanks!

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 8:20 AM  

  • PT, I'd like to invite you to participate -- though, perhaps you won't have the time.

    By Anonymous Stephanie, at 9:25 PM  

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