Cuba And The Czechs
I gleaned this little nugget from
The Czech Republic and Cuba have long had a special relationship
Âfrom Vaclav Havel down, Czechs have taken an extraordinary
interest in Cuban's suffering and unfreedom. (Jay
Nordlinger wrote about this in our March 14, 2005, issue. The
article was called , Solidarity, Exemplified. This special relationship
was glimpsed again when Helena Houdova was arrested
in Havana. Miss Houdova is a supermodel, and was Miss
Czech Republic in 1999. In addition to being a beauty, she does
beautiful things: She raises money for handicapped children all
over the world. In Cuba, she was taking pictures of a slum (the
type of environment that Castro and his apologists say is
impossible). Along with a companion, psychologist Mariana
Kroftova, she was arrested. Said the supermodel later, The
revolution's watchmen rose up because I was taking pictures ofsomething they do not like. The two women were detained for
eleven hours, during which time they were forbidden to contact
the Czech embassy. They were released when they signed a
pledge not to participate in any counterrevolutionary activities.
Their film was confiscated, but Miss Houdova managed
to hide the memory card of her digital camera in her bra. The
photos will be displayed later. Miss Houdova reported, They
screamed at us, and they even shouted that we were terrorists.
She also said, We grew up under Communism and know
what it's like. That's why Czech celebrities in Cuba don't act
like American celebrities in Cuba.
W. H. VON DREELE
I wonder If Geo Clooney will do a movie about That. It's sad how the best movies examining thcommunism ills of Communsim are made overseas. I highly recommend "Burnt By The Sun" and "The Projectionist".