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Thursday 9 January, 6 p.m.: The Roots of Female Spirituality. A lecture given by Terezia Dubinová along with the presentation of her new book The Roots of Female Spirituality: The Return and Transformation of Ancient Wisdom (Keltner Publishing, 2013). The author, a cultural anthropologist and Hebraist, draws upon original Hebraic texts from the Bible and their Ugarit and Egyptian contemporaries, upon mythical and mystical rabbi interpretations and upon the original Biblical legacy as a period of spiritual inspiration that today can offer a profound insight into its ”intellectual crisis”. The book will be available for purchase on the evening.
Thursday 7 October 6 p.m.: Lost Yemen. Yemen, the country of the Queen of Sheba, once called Arabia Felix (Happy Arabia) due to its wealth, is now ruined economically, politically and religiously as well. The inhabitants, however, still live their traditional lives. Jan Neubauer will give a lecture accompanied by authentic and now unique photographs.
Monday 20 January, 6 p.m.: The Train to Weimar. The presentation of a new book by Ladislava Chateau, which clarifies the situation in France during World War II, particularly within the world of literature. It deals in detail with important French authors like Robert Brasillach or Pierre Drieu La Rochelle who took part in the escalation of violence and who without hesitation took part in the congresses of European intellectuals in Weimar which were organized by Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda. The book also provides information on how the notable buildings and sights and everyday life faded into one another: the Louvre, rue de Rivoli, Montmartre or the Champs-Élysées are reflected for this time from different point of view. In the very centre of Paris, on rue de Bassano, a sub-camp of the concentration camp in Drancy was established. Petr Brod will discuss with the author. The book will be available for privileged price.
Thursday 23 January, 6 p.m.: Architecture of the Holocaust Memorials. A lecture by Daniel Ziss dedicated to noted Holocaust memorials in Israel and the Diaspora. Since the end of World War II up until now the architecture of the Holocaust memorials has tried to respond to the intensity and unprecedented reality of the shoah tragedy. The architects of the memorials wrestled with the problem of how to translate the immeasurability and immensity of these events into mass, material and space. The lecture is held on the occasion of the forthcoming International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Wednesday 29 January, 6 p.m.: The Kalusz I Thought I Knew. In the documentary The Kalusz I Thought I Knew, Canadian-Israeli filmmaker Bernard Dichek searches for his father's house in a town whose Jewish population was decimated during World War II. He is helped by Tanya, a young local Jewish woman. Tanya grew up in post-war Communist Ukraine and knows very little about the town's Jewish past. Dichek's search soon becomes Tanya's search. Following the film, Dichek will discuss how people can view the same place in completely different ways, each according to the images they grew up with. The movie will be in English and after the screening a discussion with the film maker will be held in English.
Thursday 30 January, 6 p.m.: Yiddish IN THREE. Hana Frejková presents her third and newest CD. During the evening you will hear songs in the Yiddish language narrating with irony, wit and also nostalgia about human pleasures and troubles. The old, new and newest songs will be performed by singers Hana Frejková and Marianna Borecká, and Slávek Brabec (accordion) and Milan Potoček (clarinet). This means that in spite of the name of the band it will be IN FOUR! Admission CZK 60,-
The exhibition at the Department: The Destroyed Jewish Sites of Northern Bohemia. Until January 30. The exhibition is open from 11 November, Mo – Thu 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fri 10 – 12, during the evening programmes and after an agreement.
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