100 Years of Common History between the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Berlin hosted a memorial evening of the 100 years anniversary of the establishment of CzechoslovakiaOctober 02nd, 2018
On September 20th 2018, Berlin hosted a celebration memorial evening of the 100 years anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia and common history of these two countries in the Berlin mansion of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).
The primary aim of the event was to remember the common history of the currently independent, but very close nation states – Czech Republic and Slovakia. The event celebrated 100 years since the establishment of Czechoslovakia. The debate featured special contributions regarding the anniversary from several experts and historians from Czech Republic, Slovakia, as well as from Germany.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia share a lengthy history beginning with the establishment of the common state from 28.10.1918 until its dissolution in 31.12.1992, with a small interruption during the Second World War. Both countries share cultural, historical and political backgrounds and still nowadays have many other things in common.
The event was separated into two broader panel debates. The first part of the event and the first panel debate were focussed mainly on the cultural or geopolitical aspects and the reasons for the establishment of the independence of Czechoslovakia. This was moderated by Jana Osterkamp from the institution Collegium Carolinum Munich.
The second part was based on the current development and political situation of both Czech Republic and Slovakia and their current position within European Union. The second part of the panel debate was moderated by FAZ correspondent Stephan Löwenstein.
The event, which hosted more than a hundred people, was officially opened by the Ambassador of Slovakia Peter Lizák and the head of the Czech Centres in Berlin, Tomáš Sacher, who also promoted an exhibition from contributors to the event, organized by the Czech Centres.