A presentation about WWII US General Patton and the campaign of the American Army into Czechoslovakia is the feature of the German Bohemian Heritage Society?s (GBHS) Open House to be held at the GBHS Library on February 10, 2018. The open house, with refreshments, will run from 10am – 4pm with presentations at 1:00pm and a second showing at 3pm. The GBHS is located at 1200 South Broadway, New Ulm, Minnesota. Enter in the rear of the building on the lower level.

Patton in Bohemia

Presented by Wade Olsen and Denny Warta

At the end of WWII, US General George S. Patton lead the American Army across the border into Czechoslovakia. The Soviets were moving west and the Nazi Third Reich was sandwiched in the middle as Patton and the Army moved east.

Learn about some of the harrowing stories about the soldiers who liberated western Czechoslovakia as far as Carlsbad, Pilsen and Budweis. Patton wanted Prague and was halted in Western Bohemia the homeland of many of our German-Bohemian ancestors.

Traveling in the western Czech Republic today the focus is often on locating where our ancestors lived over a century ago. Along the way, one often encounters historical sites that were significant during those last days of the war. Join us at the German Bohemian Heritage Society?s open house and journey through the past and present uncovering another layer of history in our German Bohemian homeland. 

Visitors can meet GBHS members, enjoy some gem?tlichkeit, tour the small museum, and delve into the GBHS family records to search for their ancestors. For more information contact: Pat Kretsch, President of the GBHS at (507) 354-5133, email pckretsch@nutelecom.net, or Pat Eckstein, Vice President of the GBHS at (507) 317-7089, email pjeckstein@comcast.net