Welcome to the Brady Family Website! We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm that Hana’s story has generated.
We’ve had a very busy few days. George arrived Sunday night October 23 in his homeland of Czech Republic. He had booked his travel to coincide with receiving the Order of T.G. Masaryk, an award presented by the President of the Czech Republic to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of democracy, humanity and human rights. Brady was to receive the award from Czech President Miloš Zeman at a ceremony on October 28th, Czechoslovak Independence Day at Prague Castle.
On October 12th, the Prague Castle protocol liaison phoned to discuss logistics of the T.G. Masaryk Award to George. Due to George’s age, my mother Teresa phoned back to confirm the details of timing and the number of guests allowed.
In the meantime, George’s nephew Daniel Herman – Czech Minister of Culture – was set to meet with the Dalai Lama to celebrate Forum 2000 in Prague. Czech President Zeman repeatedly tried to dissuade ministers from meeting the the Dalai Lama due to the possible impact on Czech-China relations. Once Herman confirmed he would be meeting with the Dalai Lama, President Zeman threatened that if the meeting took place, Herman’s uncle George would not receive the Order of T.G. Masaryk award.
Minister Daniel Herman did not cancel his meeting with the Dalai Lama. As a lifelong champion of human rights, he felt it was his responsibility to meet with the spiritual leader and discuss humanitarian issues.
By the morning of Friday, October 20th, the Czech press reported that Brady would not receive the award. The Castle then denied that Brady had ever been on the list. (He was also on this award list two different years previously)
What followed has been a ground surge of support from the Czech public. Upon Dad’s arrival in Prague on Sunday night, he was greeted by the press, and requests for alternate honours have come pouring in.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has urged and tweeted President Miloš Zeman to act like a statesman and honour Auschwitz survivor George Brady with the academic award in recognition of his life’s work.
A growing number of people, academics and cultural figures have announced they will not be attending the Czechoslovak Independence Day (at the castle) in solidarity with George Brady.
Palacký University in Olomouc has said it would be honoured to give Mr. Brady an academic award in recognition of his life’s work.
These developments have made George’s trip to his homeland a particularly emotional one.
As George’s daughter, I’m particularly proud of how the Czech nation has rallied around George. Among other awards he’s received the order of Ontario, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award. In the past few days, we’ve received emails and messages of support from around the country expressing their shame for the President’s behaviour and their respect for George Brady.
That so many young people have been inspired by Hana’s story to learn more about history, to do more in their community, and to make the world a more tolerant place gives us great hope for future generations.
As so many of you have expressed interest in learning more, we invite you to take a look at the Brady Family archive and our most precious photographs and documents. We hope that they will encourage you to keep up the good work.
Lara Hana Brady