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VICTORY MEMORIAL, NICKNAMED “IVAN”

VICTORY MEMORIAL, NICKNAMED “IVAN”

- Commemorating the end of World War Two -
In the middle of the polygonal Virgin Mary Square in Znojmo, a Doric column of polished granite stands as a huge pedestal for a bronze statue of a Red Army soldier, in colloquial speech nicknamed “Ivan“. In a pose like an ancient hero, with a machine gun in his right hand, “Ivan” should be considered an allegorical Znojmo symbol of the Allies’ victory in World War Two. Right here on May 8th 1945, Znojmo citizens welcomed the first Red Army tanks. The memorial was designed by architect Jaroslav Sirotek in 1953 and the five-metre-high statue was made by Konrád Babraj. In 1968, as a reaction to the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Army and other Warsaw Pact troops, a handful of people tried to tear the statue of “Ivan” down; with no success. Even today, the presence of the Red Army soldier at the central traffic junction of the city arouses public controversy. History, however, cannot be undone.

- Commemorating the end of World War Two -

In the middle of the polygonal Virgin Mary Square in Znojmo, a Doric column of polished granite stands as a huge pedestal for a bronze statue of a Red Army soldier, in colloquial speech nicknamed “Ivan“. In a pose like an ancient hero, with a machine gun in his right hand, “Ivan” should be considered an allegorical Znojmo symbol of the Allies’ victory in World War Two. Right here on May 8th 1945, Znojmo citizens welcomed the first Red Army tanks. The memorial was designed by architect Jaroslav Sirotek in 1953 and the five-metre-high statue was made by Konrád Babraj. In 1968, as a reaction to the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Army and other Warsaw Pact troops, a handful of people tried to tear the statue of “Ivan” down; with no success. Even today, the presence of the Red Army soldier at the central traffic junction of the city arouses public controversy. History, however, cannot be undone. 


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