58th anniversary of the Prague Uprising commemorated
Fifty eight years ago on May 5, 1945, Czechoslovak Radio called on citizens to rise up against the Nazi occupying force. With this the Prague Uprising began, and for five days Czechs took up arms against the German troops until the Red Army arrived in the Czech capital on May 9. This, the end of the Second World War, is being commemorated around the Czech Republic on Monday.
One day later, on May 6, another message was broadcast from the Czechoslovak Radio building calling for help from American and Russian forces. The Prague Uprising soon became a fight for the radio station itself, and one of the toughest battles of those days took place here.
Almost 1,700 Czechs lost their lives during the uprising, along with 300 Soviet deserters and 30 Red Army soldiers, while German casualties numbered around 1,000. On May 8 the Germans surrendered to the Czechs, just one day before the Red Army entered Prague.
Places all over the Czech Republic are also honouring their citizens who lost their lives in the liberation of the Czech capital. Andela Dvorakova from the Czech Freedom Fighters Union tells us how the central Bohemian town of Horovice is marking the anniversary:
"On May 5 at 5 o'clock we are gathering in Horovice together with the public. And we are doing this because those citizens who fell are naturally buried in Horovice, they have their memorials here. We remember our citizens who fell in the defence of Prague."