Week of the martyrs – “From statue to statue”

Week of the martyrs - “From statue to statue”

In cooperation with the City of Brno, the Meeting Brno festival is hosting an event called Week of the martyrs – “From statue to statue”. Two women connected to Brno, Marie Kudeříková and blessed Marie Restituta, were killed by the Nazis a few days apart exactly 80 years ago.

Kudeříková was an anti fascist active in the communist resistance movement and a successful saboteuse. She did not reveal the names of her accomplices despite being tortured in nazi prisons. Marie Restituta, a nun from Brno Husovice, refused to take down crucifixes from hospital walls and was accused of spreading anti nazi symbols. Both were executed by guillotine.

Meeting Brno has been remembering these two women since 2017, when we started the initiative “Even a lightbulb has a statue”, which pointed out that, with the exception of Marie Kudeříková, there isn’t a single statue dedicated to a brno woman. Thanks to this initiative and public voting, a statue of Marie Restituta was commissioned by the Brno city council.

During the Week of the martyrs from 26 – 31st of March a number of events will commemorate these martyrs, including visiting the Franciscan Sisters in Vienna, who are keeping the legacy of their former member Marie Restituta alive.


26. March 18:42 – commemorating Marie Kudeříková 80 years after her execution
organized by: Pavel Karous
where: pomník M. Kudeříkové, třída kpt. Jaroše
when: 2 pm – 6:42 pm

29. 3. Marie Kudeříková – And Give My Love to the Swallows
guests: Magda Vašáryová and Michal Konečný
where: cinema Art
when: 8 pm

30. 3. Commemoration day for the blessed Marie Restituta Kafková in Vienna
guests: Dr. F. Forsthuber, President of the Regional Court in Vienna
where: Vienna (departure from ‚Bohéma‘ – Janáček theatre, Roosveltova 31)
when: 07 am – 9 pm

31. 3. Maruška – film version of the ProArt dance performance – premiere
guests: Martin Dvořák, Lucie Hrochová, Klára Uhlířová
where: The Memory of Nations Institute Brno
when: 7 pm

1. 4. Easter concert – remembering the blessed Marie Restituta
performing: Czech virtuosi
where: kostel blahoslavené Marie Restituty
when: 7 pm