Czech Statehood Day

Czech Statehood Day

In 2008 we will commemorate 90 years of the establishment of the independent Czechoslovak state, as well as other anniversaries of the years ending in eight: Munich 1938, February 1948, the Prague Spring 1968. The fact that, despite the many problems our country has faced in the past decades, we remember these events in a free, democratic country is perceived by Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek not only as a reason for celebration, but also as a challenge for the future. He is aware of the importance the Czech nation places on its past and how, with regard to it, it sensitively assesses current events.

Introduction by Prime Minister M. Topolánek

The national anthem has accompanied us throughout our modern history. It is such an evident symbol of national identity and existence that it did not even change under the totalitarian regime – a mark of the respect the simple song „Where Is My Home?„ has from Bohemians, Moravians and Silesians. It is therefore only natural that in the year we are celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of Czechoslovakia's establishment we remember the national anthem's history. And one of the ways we are doing this is through this publication. It is an honour that I was able to take this opportunity to instigate new recordings of the national anthem. The recordings were made by Jiří Bělohlávek and are of a high artistic standard. I trust that listeners will appreciate them as much as I do. When listening to the national anthem, we forget about the barriers and differences between us and realise that we have a common history, values, national interests – and also a common responsibility to the country that is „Paradise on earth to see„.

Mirek Topolánek