New edition of USE-IT Brno map

The new edition of USE-IT Brno maps is here and it also includes the Löw-Beer Villa as a point of interest number 44 named Villa 1.0. The map mentions a short history of the Villa, points out free entry to the garden and commends our café.

USE-IT maps are non-commercial, made by young locals. They are always free and up-to-date. Nowadays, these maps provide information for young travellers in almost 40 European cities – and one of them is Brno.

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Whole world walks on Fuhrmann carpets

The Celnice Gallery will, since September 7, 2018, host a new exhibition called "The Textile Company Moriz Fuhrmann 1918–1948". Come to get acquainted with the fate of the family of Moriz Fuhrmann, the builder of  villa at Drobného 22, which today bears the name of Löw-Beer family.

The exhibition will be dedicated to the textile company Moriz Fuhrmann in the context of years 1918, 1938 and 1948. It will present the history of this carpets and plush producing company and will outline the challenges that German Jewish entrepreneurs had to face after the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic.

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To gardens! Discover stories of gardens and parks

Stories of gardens and parks of the South Moravia Region, the Highlands Region and Lower Austria maps the GrünRaum project, which runs from September 2016 under the program INTERREG V-A Austria-Czech Republic. The main goal of the project is to increase the interest of visitors to the cultural and natural wealth of green spaces.

This year, the DoZahrad website was launched and the The Green Riches of South Moravia, the Highlands Region and Lower Austria map has been published, where you can also find the garden of the Löw-Beer Villa in Brno. You can visit our garden for free all year – in summer from 10 am to 8 pm, in winter from 10 am to 6 pm.

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The Löw-Beers

The family of the prosperous industrialists operating in the wool trade and the sugar industry come from Boskovice. In 1795, Judas Löw Beer (1724–1800) was registered as the owner of House No. 9 (today Traplova street 12). His grandson Moses Löw-Beer (1794–1851) became a lessee of a distillery in the Boskovice ghetto and gained the needed capital in this way to found a factory for spinning wool in Svitávka. His son Max Löw-Beer (1829–1887) considerably extended his father's textile enterprise in Svitávka and further expanded to Brno (the factory in today's Čechyňská street 14) and to Żagań, then under Prussian rule. In 1870 he founded a sugar factory in Záhorská Ves in Slovakia (formerly Ungereiden in Hungary).

His sons Rudolf, Alfred and Benno became associates in the “Moses Löw-Beer” company, one of the biggest in the Habsburg Monarchy. Apart from the wool and sugar production the company also operated in distilling (the distillery in the village of Markthof in Lower Austria).

As an important industrialist, Alfred Löw-Beer (1872–1939) was also, inter alia, the Vice-President of Woll-Industriellen-Verein Mährens in Brno. In 1906 architect Josef Nebehosteny built a house for his family in Svitávka, now known as the ´Small Löw-Beer villa´, but in 1913 Alfred bought Moritz Fuhrmann’s house in the residential area Černá Pole in Brno. He had three children with his wife Mariana, née Wiedmann – Max, Grete and Hans. Most of the family members fled to Great Britain to escape the Nazi terror in 1939, but Alfred Löw-Beer stayed in occupied Czechoslovakia to try and save as much as possible of the family fortune. At Easter time in 1939 he died on the run in unclear circumstances and his dead body was found on a railway track near Stříbro (Tachov District).  At present the descendants of this influential Jewish family of entrepreneurs live in different parts of Europe and the Northern America.