Villa Tugendhat has borne witness to the birth of modern housing and also to the tragic fate of the people who lived there. This work by the famous German architect Mies van der Rohe is to this very day regarded as one of the four most important villas in the world. Thanks to its values, this gem of modern architecture has also been included in the UNESCO world heritage list.
Jewish couple Fritz and Greta Tugendhat lived in the villa for just eight years before fleeing Czechoslovakia with their children in 1938 to escape the Nazi rule.
The villa was confiscated by the Gestapo in 1939 and used as an apartment and office; its interior was modified and many pieces disappeared.
In 1942 the house was rented out as offices of the Messerschmidt aeroplane works. Willy Messerschmidt had his own apartment in the villa.
In April 1945, Brno was liberated by the Red Army and a Russian cavalry unit stabled its horses in the villa, doing considerable damage to the building's white linoleum floor. What furniture remained in the villa was used for firewood.
Durch Zufall bin ich heute in ein Café in Brünn gestolpert, das eine wichtige Geschichte beherbergt. Das 1928 erbaute Gebäude wurde für den #Tuchhändler Jakub #Rosenberg gefertigt. Das Gebäude stand lange Zeit leer, bis das Café einzog und zu Ehren der jüdischen Familien in #Brno Café Placzek genannt wurde. Zur Familie Placzek gehörte ein #Landesrabbiner, ein #Textilfabrikant und ein #Mathematiker und #Physiker.
Auf jüdischen Spuren in #Brünn.