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Miloslav Rechcigl Sr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: IHRC2236


Papers of M. Rechcigl, Sr. include typescripts of his programs for the Radio Free Europe where he was employed from 1951 to 1970 (Boxes 1-6), and correspondence with the leading figures of Czech and Slovak exile in America, a large portion of it pertaining to the Rada Svobodneho Ceskoslovenska (Council of Free Czechoslovakia), (Boxes 7-11). Included are also personal notebooks and diaries (Box 12).


  • Creation: 1930-1973


Language of Materials

Czech, English


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Miloslav Rechcigl, Sr. (1902-1973) was a noted Czech politician, miller, business executive and, after he immigrated to the US, editor for Radio Europe. He is the father of biochemist and SVU President Mila Rechcigl. Miloslav Rechcigl, Sr. was born in Chocnejovice, a village in the Mlada Boleslav District, Czechoslovakia, on May 13, 1904. Rechcigl was an active member of the Agrarian Party in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. In 1935 he was elected to the Czechoslovak Parliament as its youngest member. In this capacity, he devoted his energies to economic problems, and served on several committees, relating to agriculture, industry and commerce, and international relations. He was a reporter for trade agreements for a number of countries, and for agricultural trade issues, in general. The occupation of the country by the Nazis interrupted Rechcigl’s political career. In spite of his active involvement in the underground resistance movement against the Nazis, as a non-communist political figure he became a target of persecution after the Communist takeover in 1948. After two failed attempts by the Secret Police to arrest him while he was hospitalized with a serious illness, he illegally crossed the border to Germany in May 1948. After some time in a DP camp in Germany, he went to Paris, where he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Free Czechoslovakia. In February 1950, he arrived in the United States, where, after several years of manual work in New York City, he joined Radio Free Europe as chief editor of the Czechoslovak agricultural program. In 1956 he was transferred from New York to Munich, Germany. In 1970, he returned to the United States, where he died as a US citizen in Washington, DC on May 27, 1973. Before entering the political scene, he operated a family flour mill in his native village, which he managed for his father from the early age of 22, upon graduating from the Prague commercial academy. Two years later he assumed ownership of the mill and independently managed it, together with the adjacent farm. Since 1928, he worked in various professional organizations of millers, including the Millers’ Association, Trade Millers’ Alliance of Czechoslovakia, Czech Territorial Union of Millers and the Central Union of Millers in Czechoslovakia of which he became executive secretary. He also founded the Millers’ Cooperative and became its vice president. In 1938, through his initiative, the supreme organization of Czechoslovak millers was established under the name Central Office of Czechoslovak Millers and he became its President. Furthermore, he also worked in professional agricultural organizations and became a member of all such organizations in his district. He was a council member of the Czech Agricultural Board in Prague, chairman of its economic section, a member of the cultivator committee, and a member of the Central Office of Agricultural Board in Czechoslovakia. He became a member of the Czechoslovak Agricultural Academy and officer of agricultural economists. In addition, he held membership in the auditing committee for the County Farmers’ Savings Bank in Mnichovo Hradiste. Rechcigl was vice-chairman of the water agricultural organization in his district and an officer of the Water Agricultural Union of Czechoslovakia, chairman of the Economic Council in Mlada Boleslav, executive secretary of the Economic Institute of North Bohemia, and vice president of the Union of Economic Councils, as well as chairman of the Committee for Regulating the River Jizera and its Tributaries. (Wikipedia, March 12, 2007)


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Collection donated to the IHRC by Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr. of Rockville, Maryland, in 2002-2005.

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