Czechast With Holocaust Historian Anna Hájková

Photo: Anna Kubišta, Radio Prague International

Dr. Anna Hájková is a Czech historian educated in Germany, the Netherlands and Canada. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book “The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of Theresienstadt”, published in English by Oxford University Press. In this episode of Czechast she talks very openly about why she finds life in Britain easier than in Czechia.

Anna’s own family lived through some very tragic and dramatic times in history:

“My grandfather was sentenced to death in 1944 or 1945. He survived only incidentally because of the Prague Uprising in May 1945.”

These days, Anna lives with her French architect wife in London and teaches at the University of Warwick. She speaks very candidly about her experiences, shedding light on the challenges she has faced, including the sexism prevalent in Czech society, and the obstacles encountered by a queer, leftist, Jewish woman in Czechia:

“My wife and I have talked about it many times. She told me: ‘Czechia is even more sexist than France!’ And she is someone who left France because it was so sexist.”

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Author: Vít Pohanka