Ancerl, Karel b. April 11, 1908 d. July 3, 1973 Conductor. He built the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra into one of the world's great classical ensembles. Ancerl was born in Tucapy, Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic), and studied conducting with Hermann Scherchen and Vaclav Talich. His career as a conductor for Czech Radio in Prague was curtailed in 1939 when the Nazis barred Jewish artists from public activity. Deported to the concentration camp at Theresienstadt (Terezin) in 1941, Ancerl played a major role in its legendary music scene...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Vysehradsky Hrbitov, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Averchenko, Arkady b. March 27, 1881 d. March 12, 1925 Author, Editor. One of Russia's most popular satirists in the years before the 1917 Revolution. In his hundreds of short stories he used farcical situations and grotesque characters to make pungent observations about urban middle class life of his era. Arkady Timofeevich Averchenko was born in Sevastapol, Crimea, the son of an impoverished merchant. He was educated mostly at home because of poor eyesight and his teen years were spent working menial jobs. In 1900 he moved to Kharkov...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Olsanske hrbitovy, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic Plot: Section 19, to the right of the church
Benes, Eduard b. May 28, 1884 d. September 3, 1948 Czechoslovakian President. He was born in Kozlany, Bohemia, which at the time was a province of Austria-Hungary. He was one of the leaders of the Czechoslovakian independence movement. At the end of World War I, he participated at the Versailles conference and was one of the main forces behind the creation of Czechoslovakia. He became the first Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia and in 1935, he became the second president of Czechoslovakia. During World War II, he fled Czechoslovakia and...[Read More] (Bio by: Anonymous) Benes Villa, Sezimovo Usti, Jihocesky, Czech Republic
Bernard d. 1240 Bishop of Prague. Since 1226 he was canon and chancellor of the Prague cathedral chapter. After the death of Jan II he was elected as his successor on September 10th, 1236. He was consecrated on May 10th, 1237 in Erfurt by Siegfried of Eppstein, Archbishop of Mainz, and the Bishops Ekkehard of Merseburg and Wilhelm of Havelberg. There is not much known about his time as bishop. (Bio by: Lutetia) Saint Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Brod, Max [memorial] b. May 27, 1884 d. December 20, 1968 Close friend of Franz Kafka, he also served as an editor on all of Kafka's major works. He was also a novelist and essayist in his own right (German language). New Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic Plot: Enter through the main gate and walk to the right side of the ceremonial hall within. There you will find a sign pointing to Kafka's grave. Follow the direction of the sign until you reach the sector 21 sign. Turn right at this sign and head towards the wall. Turn left when you get to the wall and walk until you reach the end of the sector (also marked by a sign). The memorial plaque is on the wall, opposite Kafka's grave.
Casanova, Giacomo b. April 2, 1725 d. June 4, 1798 Famous Lover. He was born to Venetian actors and is known more for his amorous adventures than for his experiences as a secret agent, author, businessman and musician. During his life, he served as a spy for King Louis XV, began a business selling printed silk and played the violin for the theater in Venice. However, he is best known as the “world’s most famous lover.” He went to school to be a priest but was expelled because of his profligate activities. He eventually returned to Venice where...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Zámek Duchcov Hrbitov, Duchcov, Ustecky, Czech Republic Plot: Exact gravesite no longer exists. It disappeared when a park was constructed out of the cemetery behind the castle.
Destinn, Emmy b. February 26, 1878 d. January 28, 1930 Opera Singer. A noted lyrico spinto soprano of the early 20th. Century, she is remembered both for her wide repertoire and for her creation of a dozen roles. Born Emilie Pavlina Venceslava Kittlova to a musical family of wealth and position, she originally intended a career as a violinist but changed paths in her teens as the quality of her voice became evident. Taking the name of her teacher Marie Loewe-Destinn for the stage, she sang briefly at Dresden then made her Berlin debut on July 19...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Vysehradsky Hrbitov, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Dvorak, Antonin b. September 8, 1841 d. May 1, 1904 Composer. He is widely regarded as the greatest of Czech composers, and one of the founders of nationalism in his country's music. Dvorak's style is notable for its lyrical freshness, engaging rhythms, and an uncanny ability to absorb folk elements into a highly personal language. His fascination with folk music extended beyond his native Bohemia and his most popular work, the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World" (1893), was inspired by a sojourn in the United States. Dvorak was...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Vysehradsky Hrbitov, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Eben, Petr b. January 22, 1929 d. October 24, 2007 Composer, Organist. Lauded as one of the finest Czech composers of the 20th Century, he won international fame for his powerful choral and organ works. Much of his music is set to liturgical texts or based on religious themes. Eben was born in Zamberck, Bohemia, into a mixed Jewish and Roman Catholic family. He began music lessons at age six and showed early promise as a keyboard artist. During World War II he was arrested by the Nazis and spent nearly three years in the Buchenwald...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Vysehradsky Hrbitov, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Eliáš, Gen. Alois b. September 29, 1890 d. June 19, 1942 Political Figure. A World War I Czech national military hero, he became a leader in the Nazi resistance movement that ultimately led to his execution. In 1939 the Germans invaded the central and western parts of Czechoslovakia and declared the region a protectorate of Germany. Shortly after the German invasion a permanent solution was sought for the replacement of the provisional government established to provide a smooth transition to German control. General Eliáš was thought to be the best...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Vitkov National Memorial., Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Fall, Siegfried b. November 10, 1877 d. April 10, 1943 Composer. The younger brother of operetta composer Leo Fall, he studied in Berlin with Max Bruch. His career began promisingly when his Piano Trio Op. 4 (c. 1900) received Germany's highest musical award, the Mendelsshon Prize, and he went on to have an opera, a symphony, and several instrumental and vocal works performed in the years before World War I. In the postwar era he was active primarily as an arranger and choral director in Vienna. In 1942 Fall was arrested by the Nazis in...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Terezin Jewish Cemetery and Memorial, Terezin (Theresienstadt), Ustecky, Czech Republic Plot: Cremated, ashes buried in unmarked mass grave
Fibich, Zdenek b. December 21, 1850 d. October 15, 1900 Composer. He is regarded as one of the outstanding Czech composers of the 19th Century. His opera "Sarka" (1897), based on a Bohemian myth, is a classic of the Czech repertory. Fibich was born in Vseborice, Bohemia, the son of a forestry official. Home schooled until age nine, he studied music privately in Prague, at the Leipzig Conservatory (1865 to 1867), in Paris and in Mannheim (1868 to 1870). Following an unhappy period as a choir trainer in Vilnius, Lithuania, he settled in Prague as a...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Vysehradsky Hrbitov, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Foerster, Josef b. December 30, 1859 d. May 29, 1951 Composer. A Czech by birth, he was one of the last representatives of the late German Romantic school. The son of composer Josef Foerster (1833 - 1907), he was born in Prague and studied at its conservatory and at the Prague Organ School. In 1888 he married star soprano Bertha Lauterer and accompanied her to Hamburg (1893) and Vienna (1903), where she was engaged by the State Opera companies. He wrote six operas as vehicles for her, including his biggest hit, the naturalistic "Eva" (1899)...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Olsanske hrbitovy, Prague, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic