Boris Čelovský

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Bořivoj Čelovský

Boris Čelovský , actually Bořivoj Čelovský (born September 8, 1923 in Ostrava - Heřmanice ; † February 12, 2008 ibid) was a Czech historian and philosopher . Most of his works dealt with Czech-German relations.


After the communist seizure of power in Czechoslovakia in 1948 , Čelovský studied at the University of Heidelberg , then emigrated to Canada , changed his name to Boris Celovsky and continued his studies in modern history at the Université de Montréal . He wrote his dissertation on the Munich Agreement in 1938. After he finally settled in Canada, he worked at the government's statistical office. At the same time he was working for the government counterintelligence to monitor Czechoslovak spies. He later became an advisor to various Canadian politicians and drafted the most liberal Canadian immigration law of the time. After the Velvet Revolution he went back to his hometown Ostrava and published several of his works there in the Czech language.

Čelovský died in his apartment after a serious illness. A street was named after him in his honor.

Selected Works

  • The Munich Agreement 1938, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Stuttgart, 1958
  • Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Herbig, 1988, ISBN 3-7766-1522-2
  • Either way, 1995 - The solution to the "Czech question" Collected German documents 1933-1945
  • Germanization and genocide. Hitler's final solution to the Czech question Neisse Verlag, Dresden / Brünn 2005 ISBN 3-934038-39-5 , ISBN 978-3-934038-39-4
  • Šel jsem svou cestou (I went my way), autobiography. 1996
  • Mnichovský syndrom (The Munich Syndrome), 1997
  • Konec českého tisku (The end of the Czech press), 2001


  • Josef Becker : The "Celovsky case" in the Federal Republic of 1958/59. Contemporary history in the field of tension between politics and science. In: Jürgen Zarusky , Martin Zückert (Ed.): The Munich Agreement of 1938 in a European perspective. Oldenbourg, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-486-70417-4 , pp. 441-461.
  • Boleslav Navratil: Bořivoj Čelovský se dočkal v Ostravě názvu ulice. Moravskoslezský deník, 31. leden 2009, čís. 26, p. 2. ISSN  1213-5577
  • Owigo. Bořivoj Čelovský šel svou cestou… [online]. [Cit. 2009-02-01].
  • Boris Čelovský , in: Internationales Biographisches Archiv 02/1959 of December 29, 1958, in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)

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