Pamětní spis Jana Pátka o aktivitách čs. velvyslanectví ve Velké Británii v srpnu 1968 = Jan Páteks memorial on the Czechoslovak Embassy in great Britain and its activities in August 1968 = Jan Páteks Denkschrift über die Aktivitäten der tschechoslowakischen Botschaft in Großbritannien im August 1968 /

The paper contains a critical publication of the memorial of Jan Pátek (1909-2004), Czechoslovak Embassy Counselor in Great Britain, concerning Britain's attitude to the Soviet and Warsaw Pact invasion in Czechoslovakia in August 1968, and the atmosphere in the Embassy at that time. Pátek, who...

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Summary: The paper contains a critical publication of the memorial of Jan Pátek (1909-2004), Czechoslovak Embassy Counselor in Great Britain, concerning Britain's attitude to the Soviet and Warsaw Pact invasion in Czechoslovakia in August 1968, and the atmosphere in the Embassy at that time. Pátek, who was a qualified businessman, entered diplomacy in 1948 and was appointed legacy counselor at the Czechoslovak Embassy in Washington. In 1951, however, he was fired due to his relationship to V. Clementis. After his rehabilitation in 1963 he was allowed to reenter the diplomatic service and was appointed Czechoslovak Deputy Ambassador to Great Britain. He served in that position until early 1970. Following the occupation of his country on 21 August 1968 he followed the instructions coming from Prague and tried to help Czechoslovak citizens in Great Britain in their often difficult situation. In spite of his loyalty he was forced to quit again the diplomatic service with the beginning of what is known as "normalization process".
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ISSN: 1210-6860