Václav Zelenka – Champion for Lidice 1938 – 2021

On Saturday the 13th of November 2021, the community of Lidice and all those who knew him the world over raised a final glass to Václav Zelenka. Lidice had suffered yet another great loss with his passing, but his impact on humanity remains indelibly imprinted on the very soul of Lidice for generations throughout the world for countless years to come.

Opening the Lidice Rose Garden of Peace and Friendship – June 1955

The Lidice Rose Garden of Peace and Friendship was opened on the 19th of June 1955. People flocked to the village from far and wide to see the spectacle. Dignitaries were present from around the world, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, as well as other leaders from both sides of the Iron Curtain, including the Soviet Union, Italy, Hungary, East and West Germany, the USA, and Poland.

Visual Diary of Visits to Czechoslovakia inc Prague and Lidice – 1957-1964

These photographs, a selection from a visual diary of visits to Czechoslovakia in the 1950s and 1960s, which exist in a traditional leather album, came into our possession about a decade ago. The pictures were a gift from Stoke-on-Trent-based local historian Fred Hughes. Unfortunately, a close inspection of the photos and/or the folder gives no…

Hanley (UK): A Garden of International Peace and Friendship – Legacy 2017 –

“Its concept is based around the vision, compassion, and steadfastness of Sir Barnett Stross, embracing the strength and determination of the mining community. As I came to reflect on Lidice, it seemed remarkably easy to create symbolism and reflect Stoke’s situation: Stoke-on-Trent had just experienced a massive shock with the Sneyd Pit Disaster, for example.”