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October 2012

Wednesday 3 October, 6 p.m.: The Ousted Elite. An opening of the exhibition dedicated to the forgotten scholars from the German University in Prague who were, on the basis of the race laws of national socialist Germany, stigmatized for their Jewish origin in 1938. Tens of professors, associated professors, tutors and hundreds of graduates were severely persecuted and a lot of them murdered in concentration camps. Many of them, however, were saved often thanks to their adventurous emigration to the United States, Great Britain or Palestine. The exhibition will be presented by its creators Petr Hlaváček and Dušan Radovanovič.      Admission free

 Monday 15 October, 6 p.m.: The Making of Czech Jewry – a lecture by American historian Hillel J. Kieval, the author of the book The Making of Czech Jewry. National Conflict and Jewish Society in Bohemia, 1870 – 1918. (Paseka, 2012). Hillel J. Kieval in his book follows the fates of the Zionistic and Czech-Jewish movements. He discusses how they showed the way that the Jewish culture adaptation would go in the first years of the Czechoslovak Republic and what crucial influence of the national conflict on forming Jewish attitudes and behaviour in the 20th century was. The lecture will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Czech.      Admission CZK 30,-.

Tuesday 16 October, 6 p.m.: The Feasts of the Jewish Year. A lecture by Jan Neubauer, in which he will guide you not only through the main feasts of the Jewish liturgical year. You can look forward to a lot of photos, mainly from Israel.

Tuesday 23 October, 6 p.m.: The DIARY 1938 – 1945: The Story of a Girl Who Survived the Holocaust. A presentation of the Czech version of the diary (JOTA, 2012), which was written by a young Jewish girl from Prague, Helga Weissová, from 1938. The diary starts with the mobilization, describes the occupation, the Terezín ghetto, the concentration camp in Auschwitz, the labour camp of Freiberg, the death transport and the concentration camp of Mauthausen. The gripping story finishes with her return to Prague in May 1945. The complete text of the diary is impressive due to incorporation of original author´s drawings made in Terezín. Tomáš Töpfer will discuss the diaries and the author´s fate with Helga Hošková-Weissová. The programme will be specially held at the Jewish Community in Prague, Maiselova 18, Prague 1 due to capacity reasons.         Admission free

Wednesday 24 October, 6 p.m.:  Piotr Paziński on Contemporary Jewish Culture in Poland. Piotr Paziński (born 1973), a Polish-Jewish prose writer, essayist and chief-in-editor of the Midrasz monthly, belongs to the generation that heard about the dramatic chapter of the fate of the Jewish nation from their grand-parents, and seeks for themselves the way towards their roots and identity. Besides the magazine Midrasz – the main periodical dealing with the past and present of the Jewish culture in Poland - he will present his novel Summer Flat (Pensjonat) (Havran, 2012) whose translation into Czech has just been published.         Admission free

Monday 29 October, 6 p.m.: The Genocide of the Roma during World War II.  An opening of the exhibition which deals with the Nazi persecution and murdering of the Roma during World War II. The exhibition follows the political and pseudo-scientific tactics against the Roma in Germany of the 1930s. It focuses on the Roma population during the Holocaust in the territory of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. It began in the so-called Gypsy camps in Lety u Písku and in Hodonín u Kunštátu and continued in the so-called Gypsy camp in Auschwitz II – Birkenau. It was almost completed in other concentration camps or during the death marches. In total 90% of our pre-war Roma population were murdered during those times. The exhibition, which was lent by the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno, is held in collaboration with the non-governmental organization Slovo 21 and is a part of the project Requiem for Auschwitz.        Admission free

Wednesday 31 October, 6 p.m.: Judaism through the Eyes of Jewish Luminaries: Mordecai Kaplan. This series of lectures presents the profiles of ten Jewish scholars from the Middle Ages to the present, each of them bringing a unique vision of Jewish tradition. The personality of rabbi Kaplan, who influenced the making of non-orthodox Judaism of the 20th century, will be presented by Jiří Blažek, a graduate from doctoral study of Judaism at the Hussite Theological Faculty, Charles University. The study materials concerning this topic will be available at the lecture. This series was prepared thanks to courteous support from NFOH (Foundation for Holocaust Victims).

Sunday programme for children and their parents

14 October 2012: Lion Curb Arje celebrates Simchat Torah.

Lion curb Arje will guide us through the feast of Simchat Torah. We will learn what a scroll is, how it is written and we will also try to make one together. Finally, we will sing and dance and also taste something good.

Flat Admission 50 CZK,-.

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