• In 1947, East High School teacher, Ms. Amanda Knecht, visited the city of Brest, France. It had been bombed extensively over a six week period during World War II. Upon Ms. Knecht’s return to Denver, she told her students about the devastation. Over the next year, these students raised $32,000 in change to rebuild the children’s wing of the Brest City Hospital.

 

  • In 1948, the sister city concept became a reality for Denver and Brest. With this contract, Denver gained its first sister city.  This relationship was the second sister city relationship to be formed within the United States.

 

  • Although Brest and Denver are actually quite different, what fuels this sister city relationship is a demonstration of the mission of Denver Sister Cities International: citizens taking diplomacy into their own hands with people helping people through collaboration and understanding.