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May 14

Tuesday, 6 May, 5 p.m.: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times. An opening of the travelling exhibition on the fates of important Jewish personalities from the Šumperk region during the Holocaust. Luděk Štipl who prepared the exhibition will take part in the opening as well as in the following discussion. At the same time the documentary entitled Otto Wolf´s Diary will be shown. The documentary presents the strong and eventful life story of a young man which became a part of the exhibition. Free admission

 

Thursday 15 May, 6 p.m.: New Pieces of Knowledge of the History of Jewish Mikulov – a discussion over the book entitled Mikulov. History-Culture-People that was published in autumn 2013 in the publishing house Lidové noviny. Pavel Kocman, the author of the chapter Jews in Mikulov, will introduce new facts about the history of the Jewish community in Mikulov. In his lecture he will focus not only on the origin of the community and activities of the Land Rabbi in Mikulov but he will also discuss the term historic memory. Admission CZK 30,-

 

Sunday 18 May, 10:30 a.m.: What Does a Jewish Wedding Look Like? What is it like to stand under a wedding canopy? What must a groom promise to his bride and what is the meaning of a wedding agreement? The participants of this lecture will not only learn about the course of a Jewish wedding but they will try to make their own agreement (ketubah). A workshop for parents with children over five. Admission CZK 30,-

 

Tuesday 20 May, 6 p.m.: Noahide Covenant (part I). Is Judaism a summary of national traditions, myths and rules or a religion system of universal ethical tidings? The concept of the “Noahide” covenant – historically the first project embracing the whole of mankind is as an important part of Jewish tradition as the concept of the nation separated for service to God. However it is a little out of the way of the attention of both Jewish scholars and the general public. A lecture by Brno rabbi Shlomo Kučera will teach the audience about the history and basic principles of this theology. The second part of the lecture will be held on June 24. Admission CZK 30,-

 

Thursday 22 May, 6 p.m.: The Language of Yiddish and Its History – a lecture by Marie Krappmannová from the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University in Olomouc. Yiddish is inseparably connected with the history and culture of the Ashkenazy Jews. Within the lecture the special characteristics by which Yiddish differs from other languages will be presented as well as particular phases of the development of this language. Attention will be also paid to the cultural and historical context within which Yiddish developed and to its role in the modern Jewish history. Admission CZK 30,-

 

Tuesday 27 May, 6 p.m.: Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich: The Story of a Resolute Advocate of Jews. A lecture by Jan Špaček from the Department of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno deals with the penetration of klezmer citations into Shostakovich´s music, with Jewish folk poetry and with a provocative reminder of the massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Babi Yar, which was deliberately neglected in the USSR, in his vocal symphony of the same name – Symphony No. 13 b –minor op. 113 (1962). Musical extracts will be presented. Admission CZK 30,-

 

For the whole month of May you can see in the Department´s hall the exhibition called Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times. It was created by the civic society Respect and Tolerance as the first of a series of exhibitions that would like to teach the general public about several captive people´s stories. You will meet such people who overcame innumerable odds and torture and in hard times managed not to think only about themselves and their comfort or safety but of others as well. They did not hesitate to help those in need. The exhibition is accessible on the days listed in the monthly programme or by a telephone appointment any time. Free admission

 

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