A Thematic Website with Authentic Documents Recalls the Seventieth Anniversary of the Liberation of Brno

The Moravian Regional Library has prepared a thematic website that commemorates the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Brno. At osvobozenebrno.mzk.cz there is online access to authentic digital versions of all four newspapers published in the city during the period of dramatic events in May 1945. In addition, the digitalized documents are accompanied by short texts to show them in the contemporary context. The event is a part of the Year of Reconciliation programme, which under the patronage of the Brno City Hall reminds the groundbreaking events of the year 1945.

Year of Reconciliation in Kino Art

On Sunday, 26 April 2015, seventy years will have passed since the liberation of Brno. Although the Red Army invaded Brno suburbs two days earlier, the downtown had to wait for its release from the rule of the swastika. Equally complicated was the situation in northern suburbs, where fighting continued. In Kino Art, a special program has been prepared for this occasion, which thematizes the war and especially its ending, when uncertainty and fear still persisted.

The last days of the Third Reich in Brno

Our city had to wait for its  liberation until the very end of the war. The tumultuous spring of 1945 is recalled by the exhibition End Of The Swastika Rule in the Moravian Regional Museum.

The project represents the course of the last year of war in Moravia, which culminated in the attack of the 2nd Ukrainian Front of the Red Army in southern Moravia. This operation, called by military historians the "Bratislava-Brno Operation", was launched on 25 March 1945 by crossing of the Central-Slovakian river Hron.

Pilgrimage of Reconciliation

Brno Will Commemorate Post-war Expulsion

This year for the ninth time a reminder of wild expulsions of German-speaking residents of Brno will take place on the anniversary of the historic March of Death, but this time in the opposite direction as a symbolic gesture of reconciliation with the tragedies of the last century. The pilgrimage will be concluded in Mendlovo Square, attended by the Mayor and other prominent personalities, including survivors.

"I Am Proud That We Are Facing Our Past"

Brno writer Kateřina Tučková speaks about half-forgotten stories of Brno, the power of art and the need to admit mistakes.

"It is not a tragedy of Jews or Roma, but of the entire mankind"

On the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, we are also remembering the Holocaust. We talked with two of its survivors about the times then and nowadays.

Important testimony for the future generations is captured in a new book

28 April 2015 – Places of memory of the nation, the stories of people and places around us – publishing of a book

A guide to the travelling exhibition of the places of memory of the nation maps a period from the emerging conflict until first months after the end of World War II. A unique book, based on a project of the Post Bellum association, comes out on 28 April 2015 – the very day of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Brno.

People will meet 150 soldiers in uniforms on Náměstí Svobody square

24 April 2015 – Celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Brno by the Red Army

A full-day program at Náměstí Svobody will feature an exhibition of photographs from the Protectorate and the fights for the city, a field kitchen will in place handing out "liberation goulash", a Red Army field post office with the possibility of writing a period postcard, or an exhibition of arms and equipment.

Relief, fear and hope. Tribute to victims of WWII in the Chapel at Špilberk

23 April – 6 September 2015 – Almond  Trees Blossomed In Old Brno – an installation with video mapping features

The Museum of the City of Brno is preparing an exhibition titled "Almond  Trees Blossomed In Old Brno" in the Baroque Chapel at Špilberk Castle.

Portraits of Brno's Jewish inhabitants will fill the Moravské náměstí square

16 – 30 April 2015 – Justice 300 – an exhibition of portraits of Brno's Jewish inhabitants

Sokol Brno I, with its tradition of more 150 years, is one of the oldest and biggest societies in the city. This firm historical tie, alongside with Sokol's ideas of liberty and humanism, have been the reason for Sokol Brno I to get involved in the Year Of Reconciliation project. It will promote several cultural events, commemorating often tragic events of the 20th century.

Forgotten Stories Of Černovice

16 April 2015 - German Poets From Brno-Černovice – reading from the history of Černovice

Černovice is not only Olomoucká Street, the Psychiatric Hospital and industrial zones. The today's city district has a rich history, willingly recalled by Černovice residents.
The first mention of a village of this name is almost seven hundred years old. Černovice almost disappeared under the siege of the city by the Swedes and as a result of it, also got obtained its rather German character. Great development happened after it had become part of Greater Brno in 1919, when a new district was completed around Charbulova Street and the Avion cinema building was built by Josef Kranz. In 1959, the first Brno's prefab housing estate rose on the eastern edge of New Černovice.