A Memento in the Heart of Uherské Hradiště

The prison in Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic, has a brutal history. In the early days of the so-called First Republic, workers striving for better social rights were isolated here. During the Protectorate, many Czech patriots and anti-fascist fighters were also imprisoned here.

Executions did not begin here until after the Second World War when retributive trials took place in the prison. After the communist coup in February 1948, at the time of the trials staged by the communist authorities, the prison became a place of suffering for hundreds of people. In particular, opposition politicians, clergy and intelligentsia. In the prison, adjacent to the regional courthouse, people were tortured and interrogated with methods similar to the Gestapo. The testimonies of those who went through the horror there, as well as the records of the official protocols, bear witness to this.


Donors and partners

Nadační fond Martiny a Martina Růžičkových
Ing. Čestmír Vančura
město Uherské Hradiště
Zlínský kraj
Juráš a partneři - advokátní kancelář SUDINERO s.r.o - účetní a daňová kancelář
Technology and creative partners:
Little Greta VRCOT
Archiv Bezpečnostních složek
Pavel Vrága
Pavel Portl
Dizajn Design

There are things that need to be done. This is one of them.

— Memoria & Historia Futurae

About us


Memoria is an NGO that emerged from the Civic Initiative for the Decent Use of the Uherské Hradiště Prison, formed around 2009 when the former prison building could be sold at public auction to be used for any purpose. The NGO strives for a dignified and meaningful use of the site behind the wall separating it from the city centre. A strong historical narrative, a non-black and white vision, a theme of seeking justice, and striving for a fair future and a democratic society of citizens who are familiar with our shared past.

Historia Futurae

Historia Futurae is an NGO and platform where modern technologies such as augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) intersect with historical themes. Historia Futurae is built on the principles of openness, transparency, collaboration, and communicating history to the widest possible audience in an engaging, unprejudiced and unbiased way.

Anna Stránská  (*1991)
Anna Stránská (*1991)

Anna has her roots in Moravian Slovakia and has been intensely interested in the Uherské Hradiště prison since her grammar school years. She graduated from the Theatre Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. As an arts manager, she is involved in several cultural projects. Her home theatre is HaDivadlo in Brno, part of the Centre for Experimental Theatre, where she works as stage manager. She is the chairwoman of the NGO Memoria.

Jakub Jareš  (*1983)
Jakub Jareš (*1983)

Jakub is a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, teaches museum studies at the Faculty of Education of Charles University and works as a freelance curator and consultant with his company Exponaut.cz. He is the organiser of numerous exhibitions and co-author of several books, including the 2020 publication "Museum in Discussion. How We Exhibit Contemporary History". He is a long-time member of the NGO Memoria.

Jan Blažek (*1982)
Jan Blažek (*1982)

Jan is the founder of the non-profit Historia Futurae and co-founder of the creative agency Little Greta and the AR and VR agency VRCØT. He is interested in 20th-century history. He is an eternal doubter about the meaning of marketing and therefore seeks self-fulfilment in the non-profit sector.

Václav Adamec (*1986)
Václav Adamec (*1986)

Václav studied history and makes his living as a marketing specialist with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He is a consultant for the AR and VR agency VRCØT. He continues to study history and is currently working on his dissertation on the suppression of the left-wing resistance by the Gestapo in Brno, Czech Republic.

Tomáš Nedvěd (*1980)
Tomáš Nedvěd (*1980)

Tomáš is the co-founder of the creative agency Little Greta and the AR and VR agency VRCØT. He is a big fan of medieval history in particular. He is involved in the activities of Historia Futurae on the creative level and as a project manager.