Dear Europe, we, 5,447 citizens of the Czech Republic, want to tell you something.

Photo: Michal Jašek

Dear Europe,

you may have been listening to the declarations of our politicians and thinking that we are a little hypocritical and that we do not appreciate our EU membership. It may seem to you that we have forgotten our painful past, in which our fellow citizens had to involuntarily leave the country: 80,000 Jews during the Holocaust; millions of Germans, often antifascists, after the Holocaust; 25,000 Czechoslovaks in 1948; and nearly 300,000 people after 1968.

You may be wondering what has happened to the country that gave the world Karel Čapek, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and Václav Havel. When did Czechs become so indecisive, skeptical, and cowardly? What happened to the ideals of solidarity, generosity, and humanism? Don’t panic! We’re not really that bad. That’s just the impression our political representation is giving off.

Please believe that we are in solidarity with people who were deprived of their homes, who are unable to raise and educate their children and develop their intellectual abilities in peace, who are unable, in short, to lead a completely normal life. And we, like you, are ashamed of the reaction and inaction of our government bodies, and so we decided to do something about it ourselves.

Hundreds of us went to help the people whose lives were in immediate danger. You may have met us in Vámosszabadi, Röszke, Horgos, Győr, Szeged, Tovarnik, Beli Manastir… Thousands of Czechs provided material, financial, and logistic aid. Thousands more sent warm clothes, blankets, food, and money. And we still offer beds and jobs to those who come to the Czech Republic.

We are Europeans who are disappointed with the slipshod approach of our government. Neither the government nor its citizens want to admit that a few hundred kilometers from our borders is an enormous disaster, held from the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe only by the activities of NGOs and volunteers. State structures, such as the army, civil defense, and emergency teams continue to stand and wait. We do not know what they are waiting for.

We are embarrassed by the attitude of the Czech authorities towards the people who find themselves on our territory and who are treated in a manner that is not in keeping with international conventions. We hope that their behavior towards the people who have been detained on their way to freedom and placed in detention facilities is a reflection of a miscalculation of the situation, the lack of information, and exaggerated fears, and not of malice.

Dear Czech government, dear Mr. President, stop being afraid. Please tell the people who are our cultural kin, more closely related than you are willing to admit, that they are not our enemies. Do not treat them like criminals. Let us work together to better address how we can help them. We want to be educated, cultured, and generous. So let’s act that way, even towards people in need. Do not worry, we will not abandon you in this. There are a lot of things we can do for you, so that you will have the strength to solve serious political problems that threaten Europe.

Dear Europe, don’t lose patience with us. We assure you, we are capable of doing a lot!

With thanks and best regards,
Citizens of the Czech Republic

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Michal Berg

businessman and councilor for the Green Party

Barbora Antonová

President of Žít Brno

Tereza Semotamová

translator

Stanislav Biler

sociologist

Matěj Hollan

Deputy Mayor of Brno

Adam Hrubý

Informatik

Jana Hanková

teacher

Tomáš Wünsch

Special IT Department

František Sněhota

Student

Vladimír Polanecký

economist

Lucie Culková

maternity leave

Radim Hanák

legal assistant

Hana Houšková

Social Worker

Barbora Bláhová

lecturer

Jitka Zlatuskova

Household

Jaroslav Baudis

Pensioner

Zuzana Orsagova

guide

Vladimír Lechnýř

peasant

Marie Kecová

pensioner

Marta Madejova

economist

Magdalena Hochfeld

school teacher

Anna Šenková

laborer

Hana Křížová

Social Worker

Dominik Strouhal

student

Noemi Sáričková

student

Luboš Sál

student

Drahomíra Valentová

curator

Vincenc Bouček

student

Petr Firbas

pensioner

Petr Řeháček

Programmer

Přemysl Mácha

teacher

Vladislava Rychliková

Administration

Marek Fencl

Process Specialist.

Jakub Fafílek

Designer

Barbora Fafílková

student

Aleš Hrdlička

chemist

Kateřina Rešlová

student

Jan Florian

programmer

Kateřina Soudková

lecturer

Karel Kostroun

internal auditor

František Ryšánek

aging IT nerd

Věra Firbasová

mother and grandmother

Antonín Mraz

service technician

Zdenek Dominek

doctor

Karolína Pečenková

singer and mom

Marie Černá

mum

Jiří Černý

planner

Petr Kulíšek

rural development

Kateřina Čapounová

PR consultant

Michal Moravec

Director of the cultural center

Michaela Pácaltová

Student

Lucie Arendacká

Student

Antonín Zachoval

student

Lukáš Nádvorník

physicist

Zdeňka Malínská

graphic designer

Miroslav Kudrna

calendarer

Michal Vokáč

SW consultant

Lukáš Hermann

IT consultant

Alžběta Marková

student

Filip Šanca

philology student and translator

Jan Karásek

IT system engineer

Jitka Zábranská

grower of organic vegetables

Petra Kouřimská

administration

Lukáš Houba

Producer

Zuzana Foitová

doctor

Leo Beneš

programmer

Vladimír Urban

IT admin

Josef Raška

programmer

Barbora Kukrechtová

student

Vanda Marečková

mother

Andrea Knorova

Revenue Manager has

Michaela Rychtecká

lecturer GRV

Adéla Nešporová

RD

Šárka Ondráčková

teacher

Jiří Čech

planner

Kristýna Hovořáková

student

Matyáš Škvor

Student

Milos Vanuch

Self-employed

Ondřej Lochman

mayor

Martina Laušmanová

mother

Tereza Freidingerová

migracioložka

Vít Groesl

student

Renáta Králová

production

Jana Chroustovská

teaching assistant

Monika Pospíšilová

mom

Jan Valášek

student

Daniela Cachová

teacher

Barbora Sodomková Hájková

mother

Rom Kostřica

furniture maker

Kryštof Rataj

Student

Anežka Beránková

Student

Anna Černohlávková

teacher

Lucie Albrechtová

lawyer

Ludmila Vařeková

chemist

Radek Jandera

ODB. assistant at university

Ondřej Preclík

software architect

Jan Režný

specialist TPS

Antonín Srp

Charles University student

Alžběta Dvořáková

wife and mother

Vlasta Řezníková

Research assistant

David Vertich

UFARD

Daniel Faust Jenšík

tutor

Jaroslava Švadlenková

accountant

Miroslav Fojta

Researcher, teacher

Jakub Duda

student

Eva Kratochvílová

on materske

Silvie Ihnatolová

PR / Fundraising

Jana Čechová

economist

Karel Zapletal

Drivers in preparation

Jiřina Marková

receptionist

Martina Jánišová

maternity leave

Jindra Maresova

tc on parental leave

Martina Formánková

student

Jan Zaiml

calibration laboratory technician

Kateřina Rezková

environmentalist

Kristýna Bolomská

mother

Helena Brtnická

landscape architect, artist, jeweler

Zdenka Dudová

basic research AVČR

Tomáš Morysek

lawyer

Jiřina Gondová

md

Veronika Šípová

doctor

Ondřej Mikula

biologist

Adéla Hamplová

environmental educator

Julie Jelínková

physiotherapist

Hanka Kutmanová

musician

Bohdana Goliášová

lecturer

Martina Svozilová

Mother indefinitely

Michal Macek

physicist

Karel Zapletal

metrologist

Lucie Krejčová

student

Pavel Klíma

Principal

Alexandra Brunnerova

Tour Guide

Martin Polreich

student

Jaroslava Kubátová

Associate Professor

Kamila Hrušková

student

Olga Bakrlíková

businesswoman

Libor Vaněk

web architect

Barbora Pospíšilová

accountant

Hana Žďárská

Commercial manager

Lida Ptackova

Orientalistka

Ida Vohryzková

teacher

Katerina Lukesova

teacher

Dorothea Tkadlečková

Student

Otto Pokorný

student

Marta Zaimlová

Special education teacher, child behavioral

Gabriela Ooi

lecturer

Jana Hovězáková

medical technician

Magdalena Sodomková

reporter

Jelena Barnokyová

Social worker in slubách

Magdalena Skonecká

Self-employed

Jarmila Charfreitagová

a translator

Alžběta Zapletalová

laboratory assistant

Zdeněk Brabec

programmer

Martin Tollar

official

Daniel Kratochvil

Teacher

Eva Kratochvilová

Teacher

jan olsansky

businessman

Jaroslav Mikeš

CNC milling operation

Andrea camara

Human resources specialist in london

Michael Sochor

Student FF UK

Radek Holodňák

chairman of the local association Pirates Zatec

Hana Pospíšilová

marketing specialist

Lukáš Schejbal

Programmer

Radim Lainka

student

Libuše Chládková

Official

Vjačeslav Iljašenko

akad.malíř

Jan Koubek

civil servant

David Šmehlík

Online marketing consultant

Josef Bláhovec

farmer

Jan Soukup

architect

Tereza Strmisková

production

Petr Nosek

real estate consultant

Jan Koutný

Student

Lambrini Chaciosova

assistant

Veronika Konecna

student Religions

Pavel Rybář

student

Jakub Spáčil

student

Jan Hrudka

doctor

Ondřej Mašek

Graphic designer

Hana Vostřelová

student

Barbara Tranová

Social Worker

Markéta Vybíralová

Organization of concert tours

Zuzana Kostřicová

mum

Kateřina Stachová

Student

Jan Keal

Goldsmith

Anna Popelková

student

Kristýna Trnková

university student

Anqi Xu

student

David Young

teacher

Vanessa Soueldanova

student

Petr Melka

student

Jana Bernátová

Traveller and HR Specialist

Jana Průšová

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Natalia Benish-Kalná

student

Daniel Mele

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Daniela Němcová

businesswoman

Karla Hlaváčová

Student

Gabriela Benish-Kalná

student

Kate Spacek

Project Coordinator

Claire Giffen

Teacher