The candidate with face tattoos battles it out with the candidate with royal blood. The first Jewish president?
The Czechs might elect the first Jewish president outside of Israel.
That’s Jan Fischer, the “Czech Joe Lieberman” and a former prime minister. “His upbringing is a case study of post-World War II Jewish life in Central Europe,” writes the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “His father survived Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps, and his mother was Catholic. He celebrated Czech Christmas and attended synagogue.”
Fischer is neck-and-neck in the polls with his main rival, Milos Zeman.
The Prince of Schwarzenberg is running.
Karel Schwarzenberg is the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs and also the 12th Prince of Schwarzenberg. His full name is “Karl Johannes Nepomuk Josef Norbert Friedrich Antonius Wratislaw Mena Fürst zu Schwarzenberg.”
Schwarzenberg is 75 and apparently “is famous for nodding off in public (though his ability to come to and carry on is unrivalled),” according to Radio Prague. He smokes an old-fashioned pipe like Sherlock Holmes. He is also “known for his use of slightly archaic and often earthy Czech, with the latter evidently regarded as refreshing, or at least amusing, by some voters.”