Fragment is a non-profit organisation based in Northern Czech Republic. Focusing on the history and stories from the Sudetenland, we aim to bring together people from different cultures and countries and promote shared democratic and social values.
The organisation was established in 2011 to preserve the rich history of the village of Srbska, formerly Wunschendorf, located close to today’s border with Poland, and to present that history to the people of the Frydlantsko region and beyond. Since 2012 Fragment has maintained a permanent exhibition, in its own museum, based on the history of the Sudetenland in the village. Through social and cultural events for local communities, Fragment helps raise awareness of issues relating to social and democratic values through awareness of the history of the Sudetenland. Since our official opening we have held live music events, sports tournaments and community events in the local church. A strong relationship has been established with the families of former residents of the village, exiled after 1946.
The motto of our organization is ‘A small village in a big history’.
In modern Europe the recent history of the Sudetenland is known only superficially, but we believe that relating the experiences and memories of ordinary people whose lives were affected fundamentally by political and social upheavals, valuable lessons can be learned for our own present and future. At a deeper level, Fragment addresses the discussion of international, social and democratic relations.
We have identified an international interest in the history of the Sudetenland and the issue of exile after The Second World War. We feel that there is a wonderful opportunity to connect with this interest by developing the organization’s web site into a richer digital, online platform. For five years Fragment has been developing ideas for an exciting online presence. Following the establishment of our museum, we feel that this is an opportune time to extend our vision to the next step, to a wider, international audience.
In the three years since we established Fragment we have gathered hundreds of images, objects and personal stories from the history of the Sudetenland. We believe that it is important to build a strong social network and to preserve digitised versions of valuable historical objects and personal accounts. The opportunity to do this is fading quickly as the last generation of Sudeten Germans, who formed the majority of the population of this area before the war, approach their eighties.
By archiving and curating this material we will provide a resource for other organisations and individuals to locate materials for projects related to the Sudetenland, and create a social network of exchange. The exchange of materials, stories and information across German, Czech and English speaking languages through partnerships and clear online social platforms will promote understanding about this complicated area of history and help promote fairness and democracy in the present and into the future.
To follow our progress through 2015 please visit our blog pages.