A palace remembers

Former U.S. ambassador Norman Eisen tells the history of Europe as seen through the Petschek Palace in Prague.

September 26, 2018 22:34
4 minute read.
A palace remembers

THE PETSCHEK Palace has witnessed more than 80 years of European history.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

In 2011, the new US ambassador to the Czech Republic found himself ensconced in a palace in Prague, “the most beautiful ambassadorial property owned by the United States.”

One day, he was shown a dark secret in this palace. Under a French antique table was a small label with a swastika on it. “Similar traces of the Nazi occupation were hidden all over the place,” writes Norman Eisen in The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House.


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