First street in Czechia named after Alice Masaryk

Photo: Gabriela Hykl, Czech Radio

She was the daughter of the founding father of Czechoslovakia, took on the role of First Lady after her mother died, and headed the Czechoslovak Red Cross for 20 years during the First Republic. And yet, surprisingly, Alice Masaryk has never had a Czech street named after her – until now.

In practically every town in Czechia of more than a few thousand inhabitants, you are likely to find a street, square, or school named after the founder and first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. His son, the diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, also has his fair share of namesakes, and even T. G. Masaryk’s wife, the American Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk, has a park in Prague named after her.

But until recently, the Masaryks’ eldest child, Alice, has, surprisingly, never had a municipal landmark named after her, despite doing much to improve social welfare in the nascent Czechoslovak republic. That has now changed, thanks to the efforts of Bára Svátková, a nurse from Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, a town of about 16,000 inhabitants in the Zlín Region.

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Authors: Anna Fodor, Gabriela Hykl,