Cross of Czech-German Reconciliation revealed
A stone monument was revealed on Sunday to honour the memory of 23 people who were killed in the aftermath of the Second World War near the town of Teplice nad Metuji in East Bohemia. Senior Czech politicians and representatives of Sudeten Germans attended the ceremony which wasn't without controversy. Pavla Horakova has the details.
"I'm sure some people still feel a certain internal conflict and we want to make clear that now we can start from scratch. We shall not forget what happened but it's important to go forward and not return to the conflict. The events of 1945 offered us the opportunity to make this friendly gesture. In the middle ages there used to be this nice custom that whenever some kind of conflict was over, a cross of reconciliation was erected."
"Totalitarian ideologies, expulsion and murder are sins," Mr Posselt said, "just like attempts to whitewash them."
Not everybody in the region seems to like the idea of a Czech-German reconciliation monument and the mayor of Teplice nad Metuji, Vera Vitova, says she faced threats over the sculpture. Opponents have argued the cross points only at the collective guilt on the part of the Czechs. A local military history club therefore revealed their own memorial close to the reconciliation cross, reading "To the memory of those forgotten in the reconciliation."