In Dejvice, or is it Bubenec?
|Jarda Tusek and Jiri Dienstbier, 1993, at the residence of the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic in Bubenec|
Bubenec is a neighborhood with a strange identity. The block we're on, for example, is residential, right around the corner from this 1930's government building. You can't quite see the statues of men in WWI uniforms over the front doors.
|by Matěj Baťha|
You can walk through Stromovka onto a little footbridge, cross the Vltava River and be at the Zoo/Botanical Gardens before you know it.
|Slovenčina: ZOO v Prahe: Tiger sumatranský (Panthera tigris sumatrae)|
|Church of St. Gotthard - in Bubeneč Prague (Czechia). Built in 1801. Photo by Hynel Moravec|
"The Residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Prague was built in the late 1920’s, during the brief flowering of the first republic of Czechoslovakia, by Otto Petschek, the patriarch of one of the wealthiest families in the country. The Petscheks were a German-speaking Jewish family, and their wealth was in large part from coal mine holdings and banking."
The residence was sold by the Petscheks in 1938, when they grew fearful of the Nazis; the family moved to the USA. When the Nazis overran Prague soon thereafter, it was used by General Toussaint, the commander of Nazi forces in the Czech Republic. After May 1945, when the German withdrew from Prague, the house was briefly occupied by the Soviet Army, then the Czechoslovak Army. in September 1945 it was sold, by some complicated negotiations, to the US government for use by their Ambassador.
Our business, the International Leadership Institute, co-hosted a reception there for Czechoslovak business leaders and American officials in 1993, to kick off our "Executive Education Programs."
|Czech executive Vlasta Zajicek and Sara Tusek, 1993, at he reception|
|At the Ambassador's Residence, a reception in 1993|