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Infobox[edit]

Following the new paragraph which was added to the lede I boldly swapped a few pics out of the infobox to add more balance, as it was entirely composed of males and mainly of politicians and statesmen. There could even be another row of pics added IMO. - filelakeshoe (t / c) 16:12, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Infobox - rules[edit]

Since the pictures of Czechs in the infobox are being changed all the time and people who weren't Czechs are being added, I'd like to put forward several rules, so we could agree of a final version.

  • No people who don't consider themselves Czechs - for example the writer Milan Kundera lives in France and considers himself French.
  • No living and controversial people - for example the Czech former presidents Václav Havel and Václav Klaus, who are percieved ambivalently by the nation.--Kohelet (talk) 12:22, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
    This article is about an ethnic group, not a nationality. Kundera being a naturalised French citizen doesn't stop him being ethnically Czech. And I disagree on no living people, no living, controversial people yes (so no Klaus, but Havel is fine imo). - filelakeshoe (t / c) 12:42, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm not saying Kundera is not Czech, but it wouldn't be good to put him in the infobox. And I meant both living and controversial people.--Kohelet (talk) 12:47, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Václav Havel is fine then. Having some people connected with the contemporary state is a good idea. - filelakeshoe (t / c) 12:49, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Havel is not fine. As I previously said, he's perceived ambivalently by the nation. Plus there already is a picture of Havel further in the article.--Kohelet (talk) 12:53, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Havel has been dead for two years. If we're excluding anyone who some people find/found controversial then this is going to be very difficult. Right now the 8 pictures we have make the infobox look very thin and like the Czech ethnic history ends during some patriarchic 19th century society. Anyway, that's my 2 h., I'll alert the wikiproject for more... - filelakeshoe (t / c) 13:04, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Also please make sure it's not just men (would suggest adding Božena Němcová for example) - filelakeshoe (t / c) 12:48, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
I don't think the inclusion of women is important. The most significant Czechs have been men.--Kohelet (talk) 12:52, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Dear Kohelet, we use consensus, not strong words like "must be no people". About Havel - he is without doubts, one of best known Czechs and I dont know any rule of WP about "controversial people", please enlighten us. About Albright - she is Episcopal, christened Catholic, and she "is fluent in French and Czech, with good speaking and reading abilities in Russian and Polish."[2] Nothing about Ivrit, Hebrew or Yiddish..--Yopie (talk) 17:21, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
  • P.S. According to Brittanica, she is "Czech-born American public official" and "Marie Jana Korbel was the daughter of a Czech diplomat." I hope that you understand meaning of WP:OR.--Yopie (talk) 19:14, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I am pretty sure that the meaning of Czech in that Britannica context is of the nationality and not of the " West Slavic ethnic group of Central Europe", which is the necessary context at this article. For what it's worth, I would recommend the top 20 names from Největší Čech, although any "final 8" is going to be unavoidably "biased" in some way. C679 20:05, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
    • I don't think so, because she was Czechoslovak citisen, not "Czech". Anyway is there any reliable source, that she is not Czech? --Yopie (talk) 00:07, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Both her parents were ethnic Jews, therefore she can't be Czech. Czech is an ethnicity.--Kohelet (talk) 20:59, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Realiable source that she is not Czech? Otherwise it is WP:OR--Yopie (talk) 21:17, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
a) I don't need to prove it's not WP:OR, this discussion is about suitability of some individuals for the infobox
b) Sometimes it's impossible to find a source denying something. There are sources which say she's Jewish, which is mutually exclusive with being Czech. Period.
c) The version of the infobox you're promulgating is demonstrably incorrect, if only for Kafka. Kafka was clearly not a Czech and there's literally no way how to pass him off as one.--Kohelet (talk) 21:30, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
      • Again, sources or WP:OR. You need to prove it, because you changed stable version. I hope that you understand, that we use consensus.--Yopie (talk) 21:43, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
You broke the three reverts rule. In the Wikipedia article about Franz Kafka there are enough sources proving that he wasn't Czech. You are the only one in this discussion opposing my version.--Kohelet (talk) 22:11, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Why you disagree with Havel? Because you personally dislike him? He is well known Czech, his obituary was in all major news. And what about Kundera? He is born Czech.. This looks like arbitrary decision. One can be Czech by born or by "vote", but you use both methods in negative way. --Yopie (talk) 02:25, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Because I think only the best Czechs should be represented in the infobox. It has nothing to do with being Czech, people can become Czech only by birth, as Czechs are an ethnic group.--Kohelet (talk) 02:46, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
So because you personally dislike him then, or what method are you using to decide who are "the best" Czechs? - filelakeshoe (t / c) 09:50, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
As suggested before, it can be determined from the "Největší Čech" list.--Kohelet (talk) 14:20, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Generally yes, if we take first 10, or nine, without arbitrary picking. First ten will be better, as this include woman - Bozena Nemcova.--Yopie (talk) 22:01, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Greetings. Dear Kohelet, firstly, may I ask where your 3 rules come from? Rules can't be made up like this. Wikipedia rules are already set. Secondly, the 3 rules are against Wikipedia policies.
To claim that Jews can not be considered Czechs is a genuinely racist 1930s-style statement. For example, Albert Einstein is a Jew and also he is a German, even though he is not of Germanic ancestry.
What the person considers themselves to be; such as Kundera; is irrelevant according to WP:POV. For example if an Icelandic person suddenly claims to be a Pakistani for some reason, it doesnt mean they really are. Friedrich Nietzche claims to be of Polish ancestry in his autobiography, yet he is considered German.
"living or controversial" is irrelevant as Wikipedia Articles are not an advertisment for its tipics.
This article is about a nation and an ethnic group; and such as other articles in the same category, it doesnt limit itself to people who possess a given passport at a given time. It also doesn't exclude people based on genetics or religion. Therefore, Franz Kafka and M.Albright are Czechs.
The WP:WORLDVIEW policy on English Wikipedia aims to achive world-neutral coverage in articles. Kafka and Albright are Czechs of far-reaching importance (with article traffic of 2500 and 1000 daily views respectively), compared to for example to Němcová who has very little historical importance. Therefore, I reassassed the table that now includes Smetana an Čapek. Please keep in mind that some persons might seem important for specific internal reasons of the coutry but are rather unimportant in a broader view and vice versa.--Der Golem (talk) 13:44, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

I believe it has been made clear that Jews aren't Czechs, Germans aren't Czechs, Poles aren't Czechs, in short, anyone who isn't Czech isn't Czech. Der Golem's arguments are strongly irrational, it's a gereral knowledge that Kafka wasn't Czech. Such seems to be the conclusion of this discussion, I therefore revert to the previous version, but I would prefer replace the collage with the one in Czech Wikipedia and th other Wikipedias except this one, since when it's accepted in the Czech Wikipedia, it should be neutral. Really a meaningless dispute.--85.70.171.179 (talk) 16:15, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

As I explained previously, your made-up rules are against the policies of Wikipedia. So skip referring to them.
If you ignore my replies like the one I just mentioned above and instead keep repeating yourself, then this will be your monologue instead of a discussion and you will be running in circles.
Now I will try to break it down as simple as possible. Ethnic groups are not genetically uniform groups due to historical migrations. Czechs are a ethnic group of multiple ancestries, and a nation. The gene pool of 21st century Czechs consists of predominately Celtic peoples (since prehistory), Slavic peoples (since the 5th century), Germanic peoples (since the 1st century) and also smaller portions of other random peoples. In the 21st century, they are all considered Czechs, because they are all part of the Czech gene pool and because they are a part of the Czech society.
To give you few very simple and obvious examples about minorities: Einstein article says "German-born" because later he was American. Einstein is included in the Germans article infobox as is another Jew, Karl Marx. They both were Germans because the were a part of the German society. Also the African-American Josephine Baker is included in French people. She is a French person, for the same reason why Marx is a German. Their ancestry is not the crucial point as you can see here, so you don't need to repeat the opposite over and over like a tape recorder.
And finally, please explain scientifically how do you determine whether a person is ethnically Czech? Seriously, which one of these three ethnicities/ancestries guarantees that a person is an ethnic Czech? Around 1/3 of Czechs belong to the "Celtic" ancestral Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA), 1/3 of Czechs belong to the "Slavic" ancestral Haplogroup R1a (Y-DNA) and around 1/4 of Czechs belong to the "Germanic" ancestral Haplogroup I-M253.
Ok, here comes the fun part...
Question: Who is Czech according to you?
Answer A: Only one of those three groups are Czechs? If so, then you are excluding the majority of Czech population form being Czech; and also historical figures, because no one ever checked their DNA. That, indeed, would be a practical joke, sir
Answer B: They are all Czechs? If people with Celtic, Slavic and Germanic ancestries can all be Czechs, why people with Ashkenazi Jews ancestry can not be Czechs? If you want to specifically exclude Jews, can you give a reason? Because if so, then I am afraid that I smell some hitlerism! :)
Jews can indeed be Czechs, Germans and anything else; Czechs are not racially pure Slavic people because of their Slavic language, just like the French people aren't racially pure Romance people because of their Romance language. If you and your friends on Czech Wikipedia are laughing at this as you said, be assured that Mr. Adolf was also laughing when planning the final solution for ethnic minorities. Here on English Wikipedia, everybody is facepalming when you say that Einstein or Marx are not German because they are Jews.
Also please note that you have been blocked from editing and editing under a different username or IP in this manner is not allowed.
Conclusion: Czechs are a nation and an ethnic group of multiple ancestries from multiple ethnic groups. Excluding Jews based on their ancestry is considered racist by the 21st century standards. If you can't accept this, please leave the English Wikipedia. Cheers--Der Golem (talk) 17:57, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
And to tackle your statement "I understand you may have some personal motives"; if my golem-related username is bugging you so much, I can let you know that I am not a Jew. Actually, rather a Nordic-looking Czech. No personal motives here. I just enjoy bashing genuine racists.--Der Golem (talk) 18:48, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
My foregoing reply has been written as an answer to a statement that was deleted by an administrator because of the blocked user's (User:Kohelet) sock puppetry--Der Golem (talk) 18:16, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Your reply is extremely incorrect and rude, but I'll give it a go.
Firstly, the word nation has no firm definition, so it may denote 2 things:
1. all citizens of a given country, which is true in the case of most American countries, as they have the birthright citizenship. Curiously, there is also one European nation which sees itself that way, which is France - they inherited this territorial view from the tines of the French revolution.
2. nation as an ethnic group, which is true with Czechs. That is mentioned in the lead, Czechs are both a nation and an ethnic goup, which is the case with Germans too.
An ethnic group doesn't depend on haplogroups, you have no idea how these work, as there is always a certain specific mix of haplogroups in a given ethnic group. An ethnic group is an amalgamation of some founder populations, which in the Czech case were the Celts, Germans and Slavs. Slavic tribes unified into one, absorbed previous populations, until one homogeneous ethnic group came into being.
Czechs are an ethnic group with their own ancestry, language and culture. Germans are not Czechs, and people here would think went nuts if you claimed anything to the contrary. But you likely don't live here, which is where your toxic opinions come from, am I right?
Kafka wasn't a Czech, because he didn't meet any of those criteria, he wasn't of Czech ancestry, his mother tongue was German, his culture was Jewish, he didn't consider himself a Czech and he wasn't considered a Czech by others. Which holds true to this day, no one, I repeat no one, would ever claim Kafka was a Czech. The idea itself is ridiculous.
With Germans it's the same as with Czechs - Marx's parents converted to Christianity, so he wasn't German, but he was considered German by many. Einstein wasn't German and no one claims he was, he was also included in the collage incorrectly.
So the conclusion here is, educate yourself. Try to think independent on the politically correct brainwashing you're getting, talk to some Czechs, read some history books, and when in doubt, you can always consult Czech Wikipedians, they wil tell you the same thing as me.--72.51.126.55 (talk) 19:38, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
"Slavic tribes unified into one, absorbed previous populations, until one homogeneous ethnic group came into being." Well, here goes the Soviet-era pan-Slavic propaganda fairy tale. You better ask Josef Mengele if Marx is too Jewish to be a German. I guess the situation is clear here. I'm out, stopping to feed the troll.--Der Golem (talk) 20:07, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

For what it's worth, I agree that Franz Kafka shouldn't be included, because he wasn't Czech. He was from a Jewish family and spoke German in what was then Austria-Hungary, which was a multi-ethnic state. There were Germans and Jews and many other nationalities in Prague back then as well as Czechs. From his article I don't see much evidence that he self-identified as Czech either. I don't see any basis for including him except that he was from Prague, which is inadequate, imo. - filelakeshoe (t / c) 09:51, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

I absolutely understand what you are saying but I would like to add a few points:
Kafka spoke both Czech and German. He was a bilingual Bohemian Jew in a bilingual Bohemia. He was writing in German, which was very common in Bohemia and many people were bilingual among Czechs, Bohemian Jews and Bohemian Germans, since the 13th century. They married among each other and created a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual state similar to the French-German Switzerland in some ways. Both Czech and German were major languages for 7 centuries in Bohemia, which was federal subject of Austria-Hungary during one part of Kafka's life; but in the first place it was a state, Kingdom of Bohemia, throughout most of the second millennium AD.
In 1945, huge portion of Bohemian Germans were stripped of their Czechoslovak citizenship and deported. But Bohemian Jews remained to be Bohemian Jews until present time, and are now known as Czech Jews.
Kafka is identified as a Bohemian Jew, later Czechoslovak Jew, now a Czech Jew; who was a part of then Bohemian bilingual society. Kafka is not a stateless Jew just because a previously multi-ethnic state has become linguistically and ethnically more uniform through deportation of Germans decades later.
Czech Jews are Czechs just like German Jews (Einstein and Marx) are Germans even though they were not born in Germany, but in the Kingdom of Prussia and Kingdom of Württemberg respectively. The paradigm of nationality has changed after WWII and includes minorities and therefore non-Isreali Jews and other minorities are often considered a part of the society of their origin or activity, just like the numerous European Jews. This is because after WWII, the "Jewishness" of a given historical Jew does not expel them from the given nation state's society, nation, or even an ethnic group's minority; therefore it doesn't exclude them from an article that covers both an ethnic group and a nation, just like this one and others about a nation state's people--Der Golem (talk) 13:47, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Do you have any sources for these claims? According to the article about him, he demonstrably wasn't Czech. This seems like POV-pushing to me.--Liongrande (talk) 18:03, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
According to the article about him, he is a Bohemian Jew. That means a Czech Jew. Btw, how do you source that for example Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, of House of Luxembourg, is a Czech? His family doesn't seem to be completely Czech either really; so how about removing him too? --Der Golem (talk) 23:56, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Charles IV is "German king and king of Bohemia" according to Britannica. So how is he "a Czech"?
And btw. how to take your comments any seriously with your random racist edits about gypsies like this? Is there an end to this sock puppetry?--Der Golem (talk) 00:22, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
As I said before, provide a source first, or else you will be banned for POV pushing.--Liongrande (talk) 09:03, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Sources about him being a Bohemian Jew are all over Franz Kafka article, if you can read. You don't need to attempt to threaten me, I know how users get blocked. If you think that Jews can't be Czechs then please don't try to spread your bigoted ideas here. Also consider to stop sock puppeting to evade block.--Der Golem (talk) 12:28, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
I'm offended by your offensive tone. I have nothing in common with any sock puppet you're talking about, I've never been blocked, I've been using Wikipedia for a long time and I created this account just recently. I suspect this is just an attempt to justify your blatant breaking of the rules. Yes, Kafka was a Bohemian Jew, but not a Czech. Until you find sources he was a Czech, we don't have anything more to talk about. I hope this discussion will end here, because I really don't feel like I want to quarrel with someone who doesn't know basic rules of civility.--Liongrande (talk) 15:05, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
So we agree that Kafka is a Bohemian Jew. And since Bohemian = Czech, he's a Czech Jew.
But racism, bigotry and such delusions that "Czechs are not Jews" are not welcome here. Read that discussion to find out why, if it is not self-evident to you.--Der Golem (talk) 07:10, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I'm Western European and I don't find this suggestion racist at all. There is a difference between nationals and ethnicities, for example Jewish Americans are often called as such rather than their country of origin. There are multiple ethnicities, autocthonous or new, in the Czech Republic. If there are already articles on Germans in the Czech Republic and Jews amongst others, what pagespace is left for the majority ethnic group of the country, who also exist with similar culture and identity in other countries? I'm not finding the hair-trigger accusations of racism or eugenics to be WP:CIVIL: this is about identities. For all I know, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor could have been a descendant of King David and only have his ancestors convert or assimilate relatively recently, but still he is clearly of the Czech ethnic group.
I'm also wary of including Kafka. I'm no expert on him, but as he lived in what is now the Czech Republic, and had German as mother tongue at a time of polarisation between Czech- and German-speakers, it hardly seems accurate to call him a Czech. '''tAD''' (talk) 19:28, 27 April 2014 (UTC)
I might have written in a slightly upset tone because previously there was an editor who was sock puppeting here after being blocked for racist edits on multiple articles.
Yes, "There is a difference between nationals and ethnicities", and this article is also about the nation, not just an ethnicity. And as you can read the ethnicity in the Czech lands is not uniform anyway. And yes again, there are articles like History of the Jews in Germany, yet Marx and Einstein can be in the infobox of Germans, or Rita Levi-Montalcini is among the Italians etc. because being an ethnic minority does not exclude them from the nation's heritage. So does not their work exclude them if for example the Hungarian Franz Liszt's works are considered New German School, and the ethnicity is not an issue.
"Kafka" comes from "kavka", a Czech word; and his parents come from Czech towns Osek (Strakonice District) and Poděbrady. He also was billingual and spoke German with Czech accent according to his article. German was an official language in the Czech lands for centuries, and people such as Karel Schwarzenberg are Czechs even if their family speaks German.
I didnt understand this link between "King David" and Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, but as you might know, there is a 800 years history of German language in the Czech lands and there are figures such as Charles IV, who come from German speaking families and according to Britannica they are simply German; and their mother tongue is not Czech, yet they are considered to be Czech. Their genetic ethnicity is not relevant.
If you want to remove every person that has associations with anything German from the history of Bohemia, you need to delete half of the country's history of the second millennium; and I would really like to see a suggestion for the numerous similar cases such as Charles IV, who is a "German king" according to Britannica.
Again, this article is not just about an ethnicity, it is about a nation, so please stop suggesting to exclude people based on their ethnicity if they are a part of the nation's history. Previously, throughout the discussion I gave examples about how Jews and others are treated in articles about nations on Wikipedia.
Kafka is a Bohemian Jew, which is not the a majority in the Czech lands, everyone knows that. But given the examples of Wikipedia standards about Jews or others, I don't see being Jewish is a problem for inclusion in an article about a nation - at least in encyclopedic discourse--Der Golem (talk) 05:01, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
Just to clarify, my reference to "King David" was me saying that even if Charles IV were from a biologically Jewish lineage (David lived 2,000 years before him, so it is hardly impossible) he shouldn't be excluded from being a Czech for such an arbitrary and ever-so-slightly spiteful reason as that. '''tAD''' (talk) 18:18, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
Ok; what I ment was rather just about his German origin...--Der Golem (talk) 06:33, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

First paragraph of first section. I'm not sure whether 1st century also requires "AD" to disambiguate if 6th century is:

The Czech people are the descendants of Celts and the Gallic tribe Boii mixed with West Slavs who settled in Bohemia, Moravia and Austria in the 6th century AD and Germanic Marcomanni and Quadi in the 1st century and later also Germans in the 13th century.

'''tAD''' (talk) 19:30, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

Bohemian Jews and Czech Jews[edit]

Someone is seemingly trying to categorically remove all people of Jewish origin from this article. Significant Jews are included in the infoboxes of nations such as Poles, Germans, Italians, Dutch people or Belgians. A Bohemian Jew, or Czech Jew, Franz Kafka, described also as "Czech novelist/author/writer",[1][2][3] one of the most significant figures in modern world literature, declared himself an atheist,[4][5] active in Prague, the capital city of Kingdom of Bohemia (today's Czech Republic), after 1918 capital of Czechoslovakia, he was bilingual and spoke German with a Czech accent,[6] he was a Czechoslovak citizen,[6] his name comes from the Czech word "kavka", meaning "jackdaw", his parents come from Osek and Poděbrady.

I would like to raise the awareness of this issue among the editors of Wikipedia. People of Jewish origin were first deleted by User:Kohelet, who was subsequently blocked from editing. Directly after that, several IPs continued and the article was semi-protected. Subsequently a new account was created (User:Liongrande), dedicated exclusively to delete Jews. From here I would like to leave it up to other editors to express their opinions and discuss. Cheers--Der Golem (talk) 09:32, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

References
  1. ^ "KAFKA, Franz (1883–1924): Czech novelist.": Hutchinson 20th Century Encyclopedia (7th ed, 1986), p. 702.
  2. ^ "KAFKA, FRANZ (1883–1924): Czech author.": The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia (fifth ed, 1977, ed. Geoffrey Wigoder), p. 1101.
  3. ^ [1] " Czech writer."
  4. ^ Gilman 2005, p. 31.
  5. ^ Sayer 1996, pp. 164–210.
  6. ^ a b Koelb 2010, p. 12.
  • Gilman, Sander (2005). Franz Kafka. London: Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1-881872-64-1. 
  • Koelb, Clayton (2010). Kafka: A Guide for the Perplexed. Chippenham, Wiltshire: Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8264-9579-2. 
  • Sayer, Derek (1996). "The Language of Nationality and the Nationality of Language: Prague 1780–1920 – Czech Republic History". Past and Present (Oxford) 153 (1): 164. doi:10.1093/past/153.1.164. OCLC 394557. 
First, I'm not a sockpuppet of Kohelet, I just created this account on English Wikipedia after noticing this dispute, previously I occassionally edited under my IP. Second, I really don't understand what you're trying to achieve by copying and pasting the exact parts of the article about Franz Kafka which you think support your hypothesis. If you read the whole article, it would be crystal clear to you that Kafka wasn't a Czech. He was a German-speaking Jew, it's in the lead section. I don't know how else I should explain it to you. You've been told that multiple times by several people in this discusion. There doesn't exist a single source which would claim that Kafka was of Czech ethnicity.--Liongrande (talk) 14:49, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Kafka wasn't an ethnic Czech. He was a German-speaking Bohemian Jew. "Czech" refers in common English usage only to ethnic Czechs. "Bohemian" is a wider group, and historically has included ethnic Jews, ethnic Germans, and ethnic Czechs. RGloucester 15:16, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
Franz Kafka was an Ashkenazi Jew. He didn't have any Czech ancestry and trying to insert him or any other Jew in the info box is a serious offence of WP:FRINGE. If you choose to that, then I'll leave a note at Wikipedia:No original research/Noticeboard for fringe theories. As for those articles, I'll have to send a report on that considering that the Poles page has a legion of Polish nationalists ready to revert those who change the collage. Khazar (talk) 01:22, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

Czechs as Celts (History sections)[edit]

Is there a reference source for the claim that the Czech people are primarily descended from the Celts? Most main stream academic views on the subject, state that Czechs are part of the Western Slavs first, with a mixture of Germanic and Celtic influences. If I understand correctly the Czech language has very little if any Gaelic influence, and is very significantly similar to Polish or Slovak, unlike the German language that is very similar to the Irish language phonetically. (Bohemia and Poland. Chapter 20.pp 512-513. [in:] Timothy Reuter. The New Cambridge Medieval History: c. 900-c.1024. 2000) Perhaps, the first paragraph in the History section should be changed to more correctly reflect this. At this point, the statement is based on wishful thinking rather then any facts, especially that the "Celtic traits" probably entered the Czech population through the German colonists form western and southern regions of the Holy Roman Empire, not through direct mixing of of Slavic and Celtic tribes. --Bull-SX (talk) 11:42, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

You're right. Its nonsense. Quite simply, there were no "Celts" in the region in the 7th century when Slavs colonized the region. In fact, there were no Celts in the 4th century, or the 2nd, as they had all become Germanic. from c. 0 AD Slovenski Volk (talk) 12:33, 7 October 2014 (UTC)