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13 Oct 2014 19:00

The Austro-Hungarian Empire at War: On the Eastern Front and at Home

To commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the Czech Centre London and the Austrian Cultural Forum London focus on WWI from a Central European perspective. Christian Ortner, Director of Vienna’s Museum of Military History, will discuss the empire’s war on the Eastern and Balkan Fronts. Czech military historian Eduard Stehlík will analyse the war from the perspective of a nation whose struggle for better representation within the empire was reflected in the fighting morale. Together these two eminent historians will explore not only the military aspects of the conflict but will also focus on how successes and failures were perceived and reflected back home.

Christian Ortner is an Austrian military historian originating from Linz. He graduated from the University of Vienna and started to work in the Museum of Military History in 1995. In 2005, he has become its director. Under his leadership the number of visitors thanks to holding many lectures, conferences and special events tripled. Christian Ortner is an author of many expert military historical articles and publications and is an internationally acknowledged specialist.

Eduard Stehlík is a Czech military historian and writer. He has written and co-written over twenty books about military history and organised or co-organised a number of exhibitions. His book Lidice – the story of a Czech village was awarded the main prize in the Museum publication category in the Czech annual competition organised by the Ministry of Culture and Museums Association in 2004. He also co-created permanent exhibition in museum of Lidice Memorial.

The discussion will be moderated by Janice Murray, Director General of the National Army Museum.

Events at the Austrian Cultural Forum are free, but seating is limited. Booking

An exhibition called “War Photographers” presenting the work of three outstanding Czech photographers, soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army will be on display at the Czech Embassy from Monday 20 – Thursday 30 October. More information about the exhibition.

This event is kindly supported by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the UK.


Austrian Cultural Forum London, 28 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PQ


13 Oct 2014 19:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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