Marionettes popped up in Prague around the time of the Thirty Years’ War (the one that began with an unfortunate defenestration). Popped up and never left. If you walk through the streets of the city, you will be leered at by a grotesque series of monks, witches, doctors and peasants.
In the spring of 1968, Czechs had a brief taste of freedom. Liberal reforms had loosened the grip of Communism. Change was in the air. It didn’t last. Soviet tanks rolled across the border in August, crushing any hint of rebellion. Except in the hearts of citizens like Jan Palach,
Stanislav Sucharda’s Art Nouveau tribute to the Czech Father of the Nation lies in New Town, in Palacky Square. In addition to being a professor at the College of Applied Arts, Sucharda was a huge fan of Rodin. The figure of Palacky sits in the middle, carved in granite – as any