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Jan 29, 2020 6:30 PM - Mar 5, 2020

Exhibition: The Liberation of Pilsen - Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation by the US Army

The city of Pilsen is considered to be one of the last cities to be liberated by the Allies during the end of WWII. This exhibition will explain the advance of Allied troops from Normandy to Pilsen, the role of General George S. Patton and other historical circumstances.

OPENING NIGHT: January 29, 6:30PM in the Gallery
ON VIEW: January 29 - March 5, 2020


Opening remarks by Pilsen City Council member Lucie Kantorová, liberator Earl Ingram, George Patton Waters and the curator Ivan Rollinger.

Followed by concert Swinging to Freedom: Pilsner Jazz Band (separate RSVP)

Since 2018, the city of Pilsen has been a member of the international foundation Liberation Route Europe which unites cities, regions, museums, organizations and institutions that can be found along the route connecting the beaches of Normandy and the opening of the Western Front during World War II with the advancement of Allied forces through the European continent, the gradual liberation of occupied territories, the defeat of Nazi Germany and the establishment of peace. Pilsen is considered to be one of the last large cities to be liberated, which happened on May 6, 1945.

The advancement od Allied troops, their disembarkment in Normandy, the battle of Ardennes - all of these events are captured in the beginning of this exhibition, which was transported from the Patton Memorial Pilsen Museum and tailored to the needs of the spaces of the Czech Center New York Gallery.

The exhibition will present to the public the events which had direct impact on Pilsen patriots in Czechoslovakia, more precisely in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, for example the assassination of the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich or the events connected with the war-time production in the Škoda factory, and their roles in the repeated air strikes carried out by the Allies. 

The visitor will find out more not only about the liberation of Pilsen itself, but also of the whole Pilsen region, and will also be introduced to the history of the Third United States Army under command of General George Patton, which brought freedom and peace to the region. They will be reminded of the activities of General Harmon and post-war aid to Czechoslovakia by the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration).

The final part of the exhibition is first represented by the dark years of 1948 - 1989, when the communist regime was determined to erase this part of history from people's minds. With the November revolution then came the first celebrations of the liberation in 1990, together with the return of the liberators and their memories.

The exhibition includes a map of the advancement of Ally forces through Europe, from the beaches of Normandy to Pilsen.


The exhibition and concert are organized by the City of Pilsen and Czech Center New York, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Czech Tourism, Patton Memorial Pilsen, and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association. Sponsored by Pilsner Urquell.





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NY 10021 New York
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From: Jan 29, 2020 6:30 PM
To: Mar 5, 2020


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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