If you meet CASPER VAN GEMUND in Prague its worth talking to him. His great-great-great-great-great grandfather was the ‘Van Dale’ (Dutch dictionarist) or the ‘Duden’ (German dictionairist) of Czechoslovakia. Van Gemund is frequently in Prague because his family has a house in the city.
Gemund can tell you a lot about how Prague’s history connects with his own family history. When you look at the statue of his famous ancestor, you might see the resemblence.
Gemund’s mother is a Czech art historian. She collected ‘degenerate’ Czech art and saved it from destruction.
If you walk through Prague you can’t avoid being confronted by history: it’s beautiful to observe time compressed in the present when you look at the city’s ancient buildings.
Also read Caspars article ‘Setting the scene’.