One Hundred Years of the Red Cross in Czechoslovakia

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE RED CROSS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA
An exhibition in the Medical Museum commemorates the centenary of the Czechoslovak Red Cross Organization.

On February 1, 1919, a meeting of representatives of social care organizations, physicians, artists and others, convened in the Prague Municipal House. The meeting, inspired by Cpt. Emanuel Voska, a Czech-American associate of Czechoslovak national movement, called upon the President, T. G. Masaryk, to support the creation of a unified Red Cross Organization in Czechoslovakia. The President agreed to the request and named his daughter, the sociologist Alice Masaryk, the Chair of the Czechoslovak Red Cross. The CRC considers this its founding event.. A Czech section of the Austrian Red Cross did, however, exist since September 5, 1868, caring for the ill and the wounded, widows and orphans during the 1878 Bosnia campaign and during the World War I.

Photograph by Petra Lendlerová.