Old Trabant cars parked near the German Embassy in Prague were a nostalgic reminder of the heady days of 1989 when thousands of East Germans fled to the West via Prague, getting asylum at the West German embassy until they were granted free passage. To mark the 30th anniversary of the East German exodus, the German Embassy in Prague organized a festival titled The Way to Freedom.
Hundreds of history enthusiasts from around Europe took part in the reconstruction of the Battle of White Mountain (1620) at Bila Hora in Prague on September 21st. The event commemorated one of the turning points in the history of the Czech lands. Although the battle lasted for only two hours, it had far-reaching consequences. The Bohemian uprising was crushed by the Habsburgs and those who had taken part in the revolt were punished. The following year 27 noblemen were executed on Old Town Square, tens of thousands went into exile.
Czech artist David Černý‘s pink tank is part of an exhibition called Democracy in Action sponsored by the Czech Centre in Stockholm together with the Czech Embassy and local Swedish organisations. An interactive area surrounding the exhibit gives residents and visitors of the Swedish capital the opportunity to describe what democracy means to them. The exhibition will last throughout September.