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October 13

Thursday 10 October, 6 p.m.: A Norwegian Home for Czechoslovak Refugees from  Nazism. Psychiatrist Eitinger, architect Otto Eisler, entrepreneur Robert Weinstein as well as Nora Lustigová and her sons were made to leave their homes in 1939. Thanks to the support of the Nansen International Office for Refugees they got in Norway, which became their home for two years. In June 2013 Associate Professor Miluše Juíková from the Faculty of Arts Masaryk University visited the places where these Czech Jews found their temporary shelter. She spoke to eyewitnesses and studied war documents and correspondence. She will present the course and results of her studious journey at this lecture.

                                                                                                                      Admission CZK 30,-


Sunday 13 October, 2:30 p.m.: Sukot. What is the meaning of the feast of Sukot? Why do the Jews live in temporary habitations, the so-called sukas? And what does a suka look like? You will learn about all of this and much more at the children’s workshop dedicated to the feast of Sukot. A workshop for parents with children over five.

Admission CZK 30,-


Tuesday 15 October, 6 p.m.: A Train to Hell. It is 1943. One of the many transports with Jews is being prepared at the Fair Palace in Prague. A journey to Terezín is awaiting the passengers. There is an eight-year-old boy among them. His task is to smuggle lots of valuables including money onto a train. Unfortunately he has not hidden them properly, and  one German soldier notices. Although he takes the valuables from the boy, he arranges it so that the boy is not included in the transport. At this moment the fight for the boy´s life begins. He hides in safe houses and finally he makes it to the region of Vsetín where nuns take care of him. More than fifty years later, the boy, now a mature man, Alfred Šefík sets off along to find the traces of his saviours. The people who risked their most valuable thing – their life - for an unknown Jewish boy. Reporter Stanislav Motl will present his film A Train to Hell as well as the details of this very gripping story. The programme takes place with the collaboration of the Culture and Education Centre of Rabbi Feder at the Jewish Community Brno.

 Admission CZK 30,-


Saturday 19 October, from 3 p.m.: Micro-city. The project called Micro-city presents a series of readings that will lead visitors to the places connected with the remarkable history of the Brno area Cejl. At the beginning of the 20th century this area was a multinational place. Except from the population of those with Czech and German nationality, there was also a numerous Jewish community as well.

In one afternoon you can visit five interesting places and listen to selected literary works which will be read by famous Brno theatre actors and actresses. Each the literary excerpts will be read five times so that listeners will not miss any of them. And where will the excerpts be read? Synagogue Agudas Achim – Skoepka 13 (extract from the book by Alrnošt Goldflam Father and His Son), Teplárny – Špitálka 6, the former steam power station in the Vlhká Street, the former Labour Accident Insurance Company – Kolišt 43, Clubwash – Stará ý. At each of these places the readings will start at 15:00, 15:35, 16:10, 16:45 and 17:20. Between particular readings a break will be inserted in which the participants will be able to move to another post. The general organizer of the project is the Museum of Roma Culture. Admission free


Thursday 24 October, 6 p.m.: The Golden Age of the Jewish Population (16 - 17th century). Another lecture from the series by Pavel Kocman will this time focus on the Jewish settlements in Moravia.  It will make an attempt to reflect the changes of the settlement structure of the Jewish population on the basis of the banishment of the Jews from serf towns in the second half of the 16th century and the decline of Jewish communities during the Thirty Years´ War.

The lecture will also discuss the refugee waves initiated by the uprising of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and the expulsion of Jews from Vienna and Lower Austria in 1669 – 1670. The end of the lecture will look at the evaluation of the impact of establishing land rabbinates for the Jewish population in Moravia and the process of changing the mutual relations between the Jews and aristocracy.    Admission CZK 30,-


Tuesday 29 October, 5 p.m.: A Synagogue in the Life of Jews. Guided Tour of the Brno Synagogue before its planned re-construction will mainly focus on the traditions and rituals in Judaism, particularly those that take place within the synagogue. The tour is given by Kristýna Kuboová, a tutor at the Brno branch of the Jewish Museum in Prague

Admission CZK 50,-


For the whole month of October you can see the exhibition Leo Eitinger – a Witness to the Gnawing Century. On eight panels the life of Leo Eitinger and his relatives is outlined on the background of the dramatic events of the 20th century. Leo Eitinger, an important Norwegian psychiatrist and humanist of Jewish origin, was born in Moravia and graduated in Brno. He is considered a founder of the psychiatric field that deals with trauma consequences. His field of specialization was strongly influenced by the horrific experience of a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. The exhibition is accessible on the days listed in the monthly programme and by a telephone appointment any time.   Admission free


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