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“SINCE THEN I BELIEVE IN FATE …”
From 14 April through 10 July, the Robert Guttmann Gallery hosted a new exhibition entitled Since Then I Believe in Fate - Transports of Protectorate Jews to the Baltic States in 1942. It was prepared by the Jewish Museum in Pra-gue’s Holocaust Department in association with the Terezín Memorial and the Terezín Initiative Institute.
NEW LIBRARY DEPOSITORY IN PINKAS SYNAGOGUE ATTIC
The project to repair Pinkas Synagogue – Memorial to the Victims of the Shoah was divided into several phases after its flood-ing in August 2002 (For more information, see Newsletters 4/2002, 4/2003 and 1/2004). Phase three, which was carried out during opening hours and completed in July 2004, saw the completion of repairs to the hand-written walls inscriptions which contain the names of the Je-wish victims of the Holocaust from Bohemia and Moravia. In April 2005, the reconstruction of Pinkas Synagogue culminated in the rebuilding of the attic depository as part of the preservation work on the upper part of the synagogue. This depository will now be used as a museum library. Repair and reconstruction work was made possible here after the Jewish Museum in Prague, last year, relocated its art collection from the Pinkas Synagogue attic into a new art depository in Smíchov Synagogue. After clearing out the attic space of Pinkas Synagogue, repairs were carried out to the roof, pipes and electrical installations. In addition, new lighting with a UV filter system was installed in the depository, as were centrally controlled dehumidifiers and steam humidifiers. The depository now meets all the requirements for the high quality and safe storage of books. In total, 13,000 specially cleaned volumes of periodicals – amounting to 260 linear metres of the Jewish Museum library holdings – have been relocated into this space. The costs associated with implementing the above work were partially covered by a grant from the World Monuments Fund. Our special thanks go to this organization for all the financial contributions it made to the reconstruction of the Pinkas Synagogue, which was damaged by flooding in 2002.
“REMEMBERING TEREZIN” IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES
The Jewish Museum in Prague was involved in the preparation of Remembering Terezin, an event that was held between 28 April and 3 May in Manila by the Czech Ambassador to the Philippines, Stašek Slavický, in co-operation with the Israeli Embassy and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
EDUCATION AND CULTURE CENTRE PROGRAMMES
In March, the Jewish Museum in Prague’s Education and Culture Centre, in association with the Prague Writers' Festival, hosted an evening with Ewald Osers, the Czech-born British poet and translator of Czech literature. With 150 translated books – including nearly 40 poetry anthologies – to his credit, Ewald Osers has introduced the works of major Czech writers to the English-speaking world, such as Jaroslav Seifert, Jan Skácel, Vítězslav Nezval, Egon Hostovský, Ivan Klíma and Karel Čapek. The event at the Centre, entitled You Cant Get Rid of a Prague Accent, opened with a talk by Dr. Vlasta Brtníková from the Prague Writers’ Fes-tival Foundation. Osers’ work was also discussed by Prof. Martin Hilský from the Department of English and American Studies at Charles University, Prague. National Theatre member Josef Vinklář read excerpts from Osers’ poetry anthology Golden City and Osers himself read from his memoirs The Snows of Yesteryear.
SHOAH AND HEROISM COMMEMORATION DAY
On 5 May, the eve of Yom Ha-Shoah – Shoah and Heroism Commemoration Day – the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Holocaust Victims Foundation held a commemorative evening in the Spanish Synagogue, Prague. On Yom Ha-Shoah, Jews remember the Warsaw ghetto uprising of April 1943, recalling both the resistance against the Nazis and the suffering of the Jewish people during the war. This year, Yom Ha-Shoah, which occurs on the 27th of Nissan, fell on 6 May.
HOMAGE TO THE CHILD VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST
On 14 June 2005, the Czech Senate hosted a presentation of student projects entitled Coexistence of Nationalities. This was held under the auspices of the Senate’s Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions and Prague City Hall. The second phase of the successful project Neighbours Who Disappeared – which is organized by the Jewish Museum in Prague’s Education and Culture Centre in association with the civic association Zapomenutí/The Forgotten Ones – was officially announced in the Senate. It is entitled Homage to the Child Victims of the Holocaust.
BOOK WORLD IN PRAGUE
On 5-8 May 2005, the Jewish Museum in Prague attended the 11th International Book Fair – Book World 2005. This event, which is of interest both to specialists and the general public, was held at its the traditional venue – the Industrial Palace at Prague’s Exhibition Grounds. It was attended by 627 exhibiters from the Czech Republic and abroad and attracted nearly 30,000 visitors.
CONCERT FOR MEMBERS OF PRAGUE’S JEWISH COMMUNITY
Last year, the Jewish Museum in Prague held a concert for members of Prague’s Jewish community in to mark the 10th anniversary of the Museum’s independent operations. This year, the Museum has held another concert for the Jewish community in the Spanish Syna-gogue – which is now becoming an annual tradition. At this special event, the violin virtuoso Václav Hudeček and harpsichordist Petr Adamec performed works by Handel, František Benda and Giuseppe Tartini.
The Jewish Museum in Prague has just published three new Czech language catalogues for its permanent exhibitions: The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia - I. From the First Settlements until Emancipation, which is housed in Maisel Syna-gogue; The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia – II. From Emancipation to the Present, which is housed in the Spanish Synagogue; and Jewish Customs and Tra-ditions, which is housed in Klausen Synagogue and the Ceremonial Hall. All these catalogues contain texts on the individual topics of each exhibition, as well as a wide selection of full-colour reproductions of the most valuable exhibits. Some of the reproductions have never been published before – such as the personal signature of Rabbi Loew (the Maharal). Most of the texts are written by Alexandr Putík, Olga Sixtová, Anita Franková, Vlastimila Hamáčková, Arno Pařík and Jiřina Šedinová. All these catalogues can be ordered from the Museum’s mailing address, via email salesjewishmuseum.cz or via the website www.jewishmuseum.cz.
ERICH KULKA, 1911–1995
The Jewish Museum in Prague and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have published a memorial publication for the 10th anniversary of the death of the writer and historian Erich Kulka.
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