Czech museums highlight World War I from different angles

With 100-year of Franz Ferdinand’s assassination fast approaching, a ceremony in Brno will restage the fatal attack

Brno, June 25 (ČTK) — Nine museums in Bohemia and Moravia have joined forces to highlight World War I from different angles, and their simultaneous series of exhibitions will be ceremonially launched at Brno’s Špilberk Castle Saturday, 100 years to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo.

The exhibitions, some of which have already been under way, will focus on different issues, including the period equipment for ground and sea combat, life in the trenches, and the war reflected in works of art.
On Saturday, the opening ceremony will culminate with the commented reconstruction of the assassin’s attack on Franz Ferdinand, who was their direct heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.

His assassination in Sarajevo June 28, 1914 triggered a quick series of events that led to World War I.

The reconstruction of the event will take place in front of the Špilberk Castle’s southern wing.

Špilberk will also host an exhibition presenting World War I’s impact on Brno, the city’s Municipal Museum director Pavel Cyprian said.

The Moravian Land Museum has prepared two exhibitions highlighting the suffering of the civilian population during the war.

The Brno-seated Technical Museum will present the period combat equipment, including novelties such as chemical weapons.

Other exhibitions are available in the Moravian Gallery, Prague’s National Museum, Postal Museum, National Technical Museum and Military History Institute, and at the Konopiště chateau, south of Prague, Franz Ferdinand’s favorite residence.

The weekend program marking the World War I centenary includes the drive of a steam train with the archduke’s saloon carriage from Prague to Brno. It will depart from Prague Friday afternoon and is scheduled to arrive in Brno Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

The former imperial shooting range in Brno will host a meeting of history fans in Austro-Hungarian uniforms Saturday.

On Sunday, a plaque commemorating Leopold Lojka, a Moravian native who was driving the archduke’s car in Sarajevo when the attack occurred, will be unveiled at Brno’s central cemetery.

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