Shortly, after Madeleine Albright reached the highest ranks of the U.S. government, she received a request from Michael Dobbs, a Washington Post top ranking reporter, formerly correspondent in Moscow and Eastern Europe, now covering the State department. He wanted to know about her origin. After Albright was sworn into office a bombshell was published in the Washington Post, namely about her family, including parents, who had raised her and christen as roman-catholic, had been born Jewish. More important, Albright denied to Dobbs any knowledge of this Judaic background.
Simultaneously, Steven Erlanger (who writes most of the East European stories) wrote in the New York Times about a young Roman Catholic girl in exile in London, Madeleine Korbel Albright.
Before his article could be published (February 5th, 1997), the paper was tipped about the Czech origin and family Judaic background of Albright. The foreign desk instantly directed its top European correspondent to go for the story. But they wanted to know more than just the name of the village (Letohrad) but also names of some people to contact. The communications between the Czech journalists somehow leaked out and when Roger Cohen arrived to Prague, Dagmar Deimlova, (now Simova) was waiting for him. She is 9 years older than Marie Jana (Madeleine) and was supervising her during the stay in London, during the War. Relation between them is unknown. Dagmar remained in Czechoslovakia after communist cup in 1948 and worked for the official governmental news agency CTK (Czechoslovak Press Office) during the Cold War. While membership in the communist party was not required, all employees were screened for their political background and loyalty to the bolshewick dictatorship.
After the "Velvet" (1989) Albright visited the Czech Republic on a few occasions, but never contacted Dagmar. Apparently Albright didn't want to compromise hers high US position. As matter of fact Dagmar made an effort to contact Albright but without success. In January 1994 when Albright was escorting President Clinton on visit to Prague, Dagmar contacted the U.S. Embassy to investigate name of the hotel where the visiting party was staying and demanded to arrange meeting with Albright. Since she was a CTK journalist, she was suggested to attend a press conference with Albright and arranged Dagmar's admission there. But after the conference, Dagmar claims, Albright run so fast out of the room that she was not able to catch her, to talk to her and even didn't succeed to give her prepared note, address and telephone number.
With this background, Dagmar directed the New York Times and the (European) Herald Tribune correspondent not to the friends of Madeleine, as prepared by the Czech newsmen, but to the Mayor of Letohrad Petr Silar. He told Roger that he wrote (on February 25th, 1994) to Albright about her Jewish father and family background and that Albright never replied that letter. Also that Albright ignored several invitations to come to Letohrad. Roger Cohen's story was published in the (European) Herald Tribune and a few hours later in the New York Times, on February 7th, 1997.
Several months later Albright visited the Czech Republic, met with Dagmar (even introduced her to President Havel), visited Letorad, its mayor and many friends of the Korbel's family.)
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