Elbe Day-english
The chronicle of Torgau would be incomplete without its best-known image:
It was on the 25th of April 1945, when the 69th division of the US infantry and the 58th  Russian division met in Torgau.
They shook hands on the destroyed Elbe bridge and were looking forward to the near end of World War II. The famous handshake of Alexander Silwaschko and William Robertson was a symbol for the defeated Nazi Regime.
This noteworthy day - called Elbe Day - is celebrated year by year, always at a weekend around the 25th of April. This festival is an attraction to many tourists, especially because of the countless events during those days.
 
 
 
Program of the Elbe Day 2010

Date

Location

Event       

April 17 -

          Mai 9

10.00 a.m. -

    06.00 p.m.

DIZ Torgau, Hartenfels Castle

Special Exhibition

„Torgau 1945 – The End of the War in Europe" 

April - June

Gallery under the Winding Staircase

Hartenfels Castle

Wing C

Photo Exhibition „ELBE DAY“ of the photo-group Northern Saxony

April 17-25

Elbe Port Torgau

Presentation of the historic diesel experss railcar (pre-war construction "Cologne") with a specially established US-compartment

From 1945 to 1959 it was in possession of the US-Army and subordinated to General Ernest Harmon, commander of the „Constabulary“ in the US-Occupation Zone as his command post.

 

 

 

Thursday,

April 22 

 

 

09.00 p.m.

Kulturbastion

(Culture Bastion)

Blues concert with John Lee Hooker Jr. 

 

 

 

Friday,

April 23

 

 

10.00 a.m.

Market Square

Start of the Historic Military Patrol

10.00 a.m

Auditorium of the secondary school

- open to public -

Discussion with young US-Americans, Russians and Germans about the film "Der gwöhnliche Faschismus" ("The ordinary Fascism") - History and Present; 

Dialogue Petersburg e.V., DRF e.V., RIA Nowosti

10.00 a.m. -  

    08.00 p.m.

Market Square

Action Program of the Torgau Brewery (Torgauer Brauhaus) and the Torgau News (Torgauer Zeitung) on the occasion of the “Day of German Beer“

 

Market Square

Presentation of the Historic Military Patrol

00.30 a.m.

Auditorium of the secondary school

- open to public -

Reading of field post "Letters from the field" by students of the Johann-Walter-Gymnasium (secondary school in Torgau) and Presentation of family documents

04.00 p.m.

Market Square

Return of the historical military patrol

05.00 p.m.

Little Gallery

Book Presentation "Saloma - Forced Laborer in Germany during World War II"

by and with Mrs Margot Weiß (Weßnig)

06.30 p.m.

Castle Church

Concert for the ELBE DAY with JUVAVUM BRASS SALZBURG – the ultimate wind quintet

06.30 p.m.

Torgau Elbe Jetty

Twilight River Trip on the Elbe with the motor vessel “MS Lutherstadt Wittenberg

07.00 p.m.

 

“Torgau Elbe Talk”
subject:  
Worldwide Safeguarding of Peace and Freedom - a challenge for the

               Security Policy and Foreign Affairs during the next decade

organization:  Circle of Political Youth in Saxony Inc. 

                      (Ring politischer Jugend Sachsen e.V.) in cooperation with

                       the Young Union of Northern Saxony (Junge Union Nordsachsen)

09.00 p.m.

Kulturbastion

(Culture Bastion)

Concert with Skazka and Russian Disco with DJ Pixie

starting       09.00 p.m.

Brückenkopf 1

(Bridgehead)

Film Presentation "Ostpunx" with following discussion

 

 

 

Saturday, April 24

 

 

08.00 a.m.

City Center

Joe Polowsky Memorial Run (secondary school “Johann Walter”)

10.00 a.m. - 01.00 p.m.

History Association

Children's and Youth Chess Tourney 

10.00 a.m. -  06.00 p.m.

Schlossstraße 19

Photo Exhibition "Soldiers at the Elbe",

Screening of the documentary films "Elbe Meetings" and "Advance of the 69th US-Infantry Division",

 following discussion starting at 01.30 p.m.

10.00 a.m. -

  22.00 p.m.

Brückenkopf 1

(Bridgehead)

Exhibition about symbols and signs of right-wing extremists

starting

11.00 a.m.

Torgau Elbe Jetty

One-Hour-Trips on the River Elbe with the motor vessel “MS Lutherstadt Wittenberg”

00.00 a.m.

Brückenkopf 1

(Bridgehead)

Open House and Photo Exhibition describing the History of the Brückenkopf

 

 

Historic Demonstration of the everyday life in a military hospital organized by the DRK (German Red Cross)

00.00 a.m.

Elbe River Meadows

Live Music on the main stage and by-stages

00.00 a.m. -

  06.00 p.m.

Pestalozziweg

Stage Program on the Club Stage

Children' Center: games & design with clubs of the City of Torgau;

Presentation of the historic military vehicles, 

Live Music with the BigBand Bad Liebenwerda, the Orchestra of the Music School „Heinrich Schütz“ and the Jazzfamily from Berlin

02.00 p.m.

Both Elbe River Banks

Re-enactment of the Historical Link-up of the Soviet and US- ArmyArmies

02.30 p.m.

Torgau Elbe Jetty

Coffee-Party Trip on the Elbe River with the motor vessel MS Lutherstadt Wittenberg

03.00 p.m.

Little Gallery

„Stalingrad and back“ – book reading by the Author Sandor Kuhlmann (Wolfen)

06.30 p.m.

Torgau Elbe Jetty

Twilight Trip on the Elbe River with the motor vessel MS Lutherstadt Wittenberg

07.30 p.m.

Castle Garden

concert „Torgau and Europe Nr. 5“ with

-   Spicy Bits of Scandals (SBS) (LT),

-   No Dur ( CZ),

-   Hot Hippo’s (DK),

-   SMASH OF BROKEN GLASS (PL),

-   Sperrzone (DE)

- Tha Band-Geek mafia (DE)

08.30 p.m.

Market Square

Children’s Procession of paper lanterns with the brass band Schöna

09.00 p.m.

Kulturbastion

(Culture Bastion)

Concert with Kat Baloun und Memo Gonzales

10.00 p.m.

Elbe River Banks

Great Fireworks 

10.00 p.m.

Brückenkopf

(Bridgehead)

Concert with the band „Johnny Wolga“ 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 25

 

 

10.00 –

  10.45 a.m.

Castle Church

Elbe Day Ecumenical divine service

(sermon: provost Siegfried Kasparick)

starting

   10.00 a.m.

Torgau Elbe Jetty

One-Hour-Trips on the River Elbe with the motor vessel “MS Lutherstadt Wittenberg”

10.00 a.m. –

  06.00 p.m.

Schlossstraße 19

Photo Exhibition „Soldiers at the Elbe“,
Screening of the documentary films „Elbe Meetings“ and „Advance of the 69th US-Infantry Division”

10.00 a.m. -

  22.00 p.m.

Brückenkopf 1

(Bridgehead)

Exhibition about symbols and signs of right-wing extremists

11.00 a.m. –

  01.30 p.m.

 

Commemoration with representatives of all nations and guards of honor

 

City Hall

Reception of the mayor for the guests of honor

12.00 a.m. –

  06.00 p.m.

Elbe River Meadows         and

Pestalozziweg

Music Program on three stages among others with

   -    New Orleans Feetwarmers,

   -    novox, East Star Band,

   -     Christian Seeger Quartett

  -  Dixie Company

12.00 a.m. –

  06.00 p.m.

Pestalozziweg

Children' Center: games & design with clubs of the City of Torgau

02.00 p.m.

Both Elbe River Banks

Re-enactment of the Historical Link-up of the Soviet and US- Army

02.30 p.m.

Torgau Elbe Jetty

Coffee-Party Trip on the Elbe River with the motor vessel MS Lutherstadt Wittenberg 

 

Elbe River Meadows

Presentation of the Military Historical Vehicles and Technology 

 

Elbe River Meadows

Historic Demonstration of the everyday life in a military hospital organized by the DRK (German Red Cross)

 
 
 
 

 


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