A forgotten wartime play about Czechoslovakia’s first president

A few years ago several boxes of wartime radio recordings from London were
found lying forgotten in an attic at the Czech Foreign ministry. Some are
in English and some in Czech, many of them are broadcasts produced by the
BBC, others by the Czechoslovak government in exile as part of the fight
against Nazi Germany on the airwaves. Radio archivists are gradually
working through the material and already some fascinating recordings have
turned up. They include a completely forgotten radio play by František
Langer who was one of the best known playwrights in pre-war Czechoslovakia.
The play, recorded in English, tells the life story of the first
Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. David Vaughan has more.

Saturday, May 9, 2015