This May 8 will mark the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day, the day Allied forces declared victory in Europe, signifying the official end of World War II (May 8, 1945). The Czech Republic recognizes this day as Liberation Day – the day they were liberated from Nazi Germany. Towards the end of the war in 1945, Rocco was stationed in Kraslice, CZ (formerly known as Graslitz when it was occupied by Germany) where he was in charge of a POW and displaced persons camp.
Kraslice, which is located in the Karlovy Vary region, is getting ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of World War II and their liberation from Germany. The town is organizing a two-day commemoration of the event with festivities, including a military vehicle convoy, fireworks, and a historical exhibition featuring pictures and stories from the war. Rocco’s picture and video account of his time in Kraslice will be part of the exhibit, which runs through May 12. Rocco was invited by the Mayor of Kraslice to visit the town in observance of the celebration, but since he will be unable to travel his granddaughter will go in his place.
For more information and a schedule of events, please visit www.kraslice.cz