Jan Masaryk, a diplomat, an ambassador and later on the Czechoslovak foreign minister, was a son of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of independent Czechoslovakia, that came into existence in 1918. Since March 4th,1948, when Jan Masaryk was found dead under the bathroom window of his flat, the cause of his death has been shrouded in mystery. But in memories of the elder generation, which still remembers him, he will always remain the good natured Honza - the Czech nickname for Jan - with a highly developed sense of humour, who had been defending the democratic rights of his nation until the very last days of his life. By Alena Skodova.
Jan Masaryk was born in Prague on September 14th, 1886. Jan's mother Charlotte was of the American descend and Jan very soon tried to get away from his famous father - then a diplomat in Vienna and renowned university professor - and went to America, where he spent 6 years in Chicago. After serving in the Austro-Hungarian army during WWI and finishing his studies in Prague Masaryk returned as charge d' affair to Washington where he lived till 1922. Three years later he was appointed the Czechoslovak ambassador to Great Britain, as we hear from his Secretary, 82 year old Antonin Sum: