Reconciliation March 2018

Saturday / 02. 06. 2018
Brno

The coming to terms with post-war expulsion in our society culminated in 2015 in the Pilgrimage of Reconciliation and the Declaration of Reconciliation and Common Future, adopted by the Brno city council, expressing regret over the events of mid-1945. The event followed up on the commemoration marches to Pohořelice, organized by Jaroslav Ostrčilík since 2007. Since 2015, the route of the pilgrimage leads in the opposite direction than the historic march, that is, in a symbolic gesture of reconciliation, from the former mass grave in Pohořelice back to Brno. This year, we will again walk from Pohořelice to the garden of the Augustinian Abbey on Mendlovo náměstí.

Historical facts: On the last night of May 1945, some twenty thousand German-speaking people living in Brno – old men, women, and children – were expelled from their homes. More than 1700 did not survive the exhausting journey to the Austrian border, and thus this post-war excess entered history as the so-called Brno Death March.

On the eve of the Reconciliation pilgrimage, we invite foreign participants to view a screening of the film about last year's visit of the descendants of Jewish families, in the Kabinet múz at Sukova Street. The programme begins at 20:00 and will be interpreted into German.

A workshop focusing on this chapter of our common history for German, Austrian and Czech students will take place during the pilgrimage. For more information, including the shuttle timetable, visit the festival website or Facebook page.

 

During the concluding event of the pilgrimage in the garden of the Augustinians there will be music from Urband as well as plenty of refreshments and an opportunity to get to know the representatives and activities of the expatriate associations involved. Featured presentation stands will include the Ackermann-Gemeinde, Seliger-Gemeinde or Sudetendeutsche Landsmannschaft.

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