Memorial to Karel Hynek Mácha
This monument, built in 1911 in honour of the author of May (Máj), also makes appearances in a number of literary works. We can find a reference to it for instance in Jaroslav Seifert’s collection Farewell Spring (Jaro, sbohem),where he associates spring with Mácha, Petřín and love. Another is Franz Werfel who, in his autobiographical novel Straitened CircumstancesStraitened Circumstances (Kleine Verhältnisse)) dating from 1931 recalls that, when he was just twelve, his parents hired as governess Erna Tschepper, who came from straitened circumstances to assist the young Barbora Šimůnková, who also lived in the same house. Erna, however, soon became pregnant and was therefore fired. All this is reflected in the text of the story.
This guided walk is a part of the “Democracy on the Brink. Historical lessons from the late 1930s” project supported by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.