We express our deepest condolences for the family of Tomas Kosta as he passed away on June 5, 2016 at the age of 91.
Mr. Kosta was a valuable mentor, dear colleague, passionate supporter of human welfare and the first Chair on ESLI’s Administrative Board.
Born in Prague, he was a survivor of the Nazi regime. Later he emigrated to Switzerland, while ultimately settling in Germany. From 1990, he divided his time between Prague and Frankfurt am Main. He established himself as a key influencer in politics by supporting the German Social Democrats and publishing by heading the Svoboda publishing house. He was an esteemed advisor to the German speaking countries and MPs such as Spidla, Gross, Paroubek, Fischer and Schwarzenberg. Furthermore, as an avid lover of literature, he was responsible for the promotion of independent Czech literature.
His illustrious life was filled achievements and awards but most importantly, Professor Kosta had a passion and presence that will be dearly missed.