Tracking down the Czech Republic

October 5, 2012

Sarah Halzack’s obituary of actor Herbert Lom [Metro, Sept. 28] took note of his “cultured Eastern European” accent. It’s now been a generation since the Velvet Revolution, so I had hoped that such misconceptions had for the most part been dispelled. Indeed, Prague, Lom’s birthplace, lies west of a beeline between Berlin and Vienna. Are all these cities in “Eastern Europe?”

The Czech nation was Christianized from Rome, not Constantinople, and has always been part of Western thought and culture, except for the 42 years of its involuntary servitude in the Soviet Bloc. The Czech Republic is a member of both NATO and the European Union. Labeling the Czechs as “Eastern European” is like forever referring to a rehabiliated ex-convict as a criminal.

Robert W. Doubek, Washington

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