Czech diaspora

The Czech diaspora refers to both historical and present emigration from the Czech Republic, as well as from the former Czechoslovakia and the Czech lands (including Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia). The country with the largest number of Czechs living abroad is the United States.

Countries with significant Czech population and descendants.
  Czech Republic
  + 1,000,000
  + 100,000
  + 10,000
  + 1,000
Czech wedding guests in Nova Vesi, near Srbac, 1934.


Famous people of Czech descentEdit

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State, is of Czech descent and was born in Prague
Juscelino Kubitschek, a prominent Brazilian politician of Czech origin who was President of Brazil from 1956 to 1961.
  • Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State
  • Yehuda Bauer, an Israeli historian and scholar of the Holocaust
  • Edouard Borovansky, a Czech-born Australian ballet dancer, choreographer and director
  • Georgina Bouzova, an English television actress
  • Louis Brandeis, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939
  • Thomas Cech, a Nobel Laureate in chemistry
  • Anton Cermak, the mayor of Chicago, Illinois, from 1931 until his assassination in 1933
  • Eugene Cernan, a retired United States Navy officer and a former NASA astronaut and engineer
  • Miloš Forman, a Czech-American director, screenwriter, professor, and an emigrant from Czechoslovakia
  • André Glucksmann, a French philosopher and writer
  • George Halas, a player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football
  • Hippolyte Havel, a Czech anarchist who lived in Greenwich Village, New York
  • Juscelino Kubitschek, a prominent Brazilian politician of Czech[1] descent who was President of Brazil from 1956 to 1961
  • Milan Kundera, a writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981
  • Lenka, an Australian singer and songwriter
  • Jim Lovell, a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy
  • Felix Moscheles, an English painter, peace activist and advocate of Esperanto
  • Kim Novak, is an American actress best known for her performance in the 1958 film Vertigo
  • Fredy Perlman, an author, publisher and activist
  • Jan Pinkava, a Czech-British animator and film director
  • Josef Škvorecký, a leading contemporary Czech writer and publisher who has spent much of his life in Canada
  • Tom Stoppard, a British playwright, knighted in 1997
  • Roberto Weiss, an Italian-British scholar and historian
  • John Zerzan, an American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author
  • Robert Vanasek, an American politician
  • Exene Cervenka, an American singer

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Dejmek, Andrea Theresa. The Canadian Czech Diaspora: Bilingual and Multilingual Language Inheritance and Affiliations, McGill University, 2007.