New content for Liberation Festival website
Comprehensive information, a new design, simple navigation and an interactive map – all these are new features you can find at www.liberationfestival.com. The website provides not only schedules for the Liberation Festival in Pilsen, but also information on From D-Day to V-Day, an international project initiated by the City of Pilsen in cooperation with the Patton Memorial Pilsen in 2009. The basic philosophy behind the project has been to symbolically and actually link the beginning and end of the Allied forces’ journey as they liberated Europe.
The website is divided into sections dedicated to individual activities. The specific objectives and successes of the project in Normandy, the Ardennes, and western Bohemia can be found under “About ”. In the “Veterans” section you can read stories from the lives of the men who liberated Europe and made it all the way to southwestern Bohemia. There are current and period photographs, interviews and recollections. The database will be connected to the databases of museums in Normandy and Luxembourg, thus making it easier to find information about the fates of each of the soldiers.
The presentation of the festival celebrating the US Army’s liberation of Pilsen in May 1945 is an important part of the site. “The program for the 23rd Liberation Festival, interesting features, news, photos, veterans’ reactions and other useful information can be found in the ‘Liberation Festival Pilsen’ section,” adds Zuzana Smotlachová, head of the Municipality of Pilsen’s marketing department.
In the future the website should provide room for all important and available information related to liberation celebrations in the Czech Republic and abroad. “We would like it to contain a pan-European database of events and projects associated with events from the end of World War II, interconnect information about war veterans, and become a place of sharing,” explains Deputy Mayor Eva Herinková.