The event opens my photography exhibit -- "Day of the Lilacs: The Liberation of Western Czechoslovakia by the U.S. Third Army."
I will also lecture on Czechoslovakia's place in the history of World War II.
- How France and Great Britain surrendered the county to the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (the "Nazis") in 1938.
- The brutality of the occupation by the German Waffen Schutzstaffel (the "SS").
- How on May 6, 1945, Czechs ran into the streets to greet their American liberators with gifts of food and beer, with kisses, and with armloads of lilacs.
The liberation was militarily insignificant. The war in Europe would end two days later. So why did . . .