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List: Top Ten Greatest Czechs

Date: June 2005

Source: Viewers poll by Ceská televize (Czech national public service broadcaster)

Base: No data on numbers voting.

Notes: Největší Čech (The Greatest Czech) was the Czech version of the BBC television programme 'Great Britons'. The nomination votes took place during January 2005, the top 100 were announced in May and the final evening took place in June 2005. In the first round of nominations a fictional character won, Jára da Cimrman, a putative amalgam of the Czech everyman. Cimrman was a playwright, poet, composer, teacher, explorer, philosopher, inventor, detective and sportsman. Despite a popular petition and much national discussion he remained banned from the poll on account of his non-reality. They also did a parallel poll on the 10 worst villains, with the worst being Klement Gottwald - a communist ex-prime minister during the Stalin years.

Rank

Name

Notes

1

King Charles IV

Holy Roman Emperor and 14th century King of Bohemia

2

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

First President of Czechoslovakia

3

Václav Havel

Writer, dramatist and leading figure in the Velvet Revolution

4

Jan Amos Komenský

Teacher, scientist and writer

5

Jan Žižka

General and leader of the Hussites

6

Jan Werich

Actor, playwright and writer

7

Jan Hus

Religious thinker and reformer

8

Antonín Dvořák

Composer

9

Karel Čapek

Writer

10

Božena Němcová

Writer


 
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