Award snub of Canadian Holocaust survivor sparks political firestorm

The decision by the Czech president to withdraw a state honour for a Czech-born Canadian Holocaust survivor has set off a political firestorm in the country and sparked outrage that the action might have been triggered by an effort to appease China.It seems that Toronto resident George (Jiri) Brady has become collateral damage in a dispute between the country’s Culture Minister Daniel Herman and Czech President Milos Zeman. Zeman is said to have rescinded the honour as political payback against Herman, Brady’s nephew, who reportedly angered both Zeman and China by meeting with the Dalai Lama earlier this month. Brady, who was to be recognized for his work on Holocaust remembrance, was to receive the prestigious Order of T. G. Masaryk at a ceremony at the Prague Castle on Oct. 28 as part of the celebration of the country’s Independence Day.The apparent award snub has prompted a deluge of …