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November 2012

Wednesday 7 November, 6 p.m.:  Just the Wind ... A screening of the full-length feature film (2012) made by Benedek Fliegauf (born 1974), one of the most appreciated contemporary Hungarian directors. The film is based on a real case of racial attacks on the Hungarian Roma community in 2008, and on the news which was published in the dailies. Director Flieglauf radically inverts the way the Romany ethnic group is perceived in films. He fully concentrates on the portrayal of the tension which reigns in society and on the fact that everybody is threatened regardless of if they work and do not cause conflicts or if they abuse the social system.

Tuesday 13 November, 6 p.m.:”... Those Are Difficult Memories”. A screening of the documentary made by Monika Rychlíková (28 minutes, 2002) which is a combination of eyewitnesses of the Roma Holocaust and a read commentary with photographs and archive materials. The workers of the Museum of Romani Culture participated in the preparation of the film, as well as professor Ctibor Nečas, who acted as an external consultant. The aim of the film is to introduce the basic facts of the Nazi genocide of the Roma people to viewers. After the documentary screening David Tišer, an actor and Roma activist, and historian Michal Schuster from the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno will speak about the Roma genocide and the surviving anti-Roma stereotypes.

Wednesday 14 November, 6 p.m.: Why Does Chanukah Have Eight Days? A lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, which deals with the aggadic midrashes connected with the feast of Chanukah.

Thursday 22 November, 6 p.m.: Shakespeare´s Shylock–Usurer and Daddy. A lecture by Jan Fingerland introducing the series “Jews as People and as Images” which aims to present the various types of “imaginary Jews” and their role in European history. With the help of stereotypical perceptions, European Christian society dealt with the existence of the Jews and their role in society. The character from Shakespeare´s play “The Merchant of Venice” became one of the most famous Jews in literature. Shakespeare, who did not meet any Jews in England during his time, created a character, who arouses repulsion and simultaneously awakens compassion. How is Shylock like the Jews and how are the Jews like Shylock?

Tuesday 27 November, 6 p.m.: To Live! Ceija Stojka. A screening of the documentary of the same name (33 min, 2009) made by Anna Juránková. It is dedicated to a reputable Roma artist and writer born in Austria (1933) whose first work “We Live on Seclusion” was published in Czech by the publishing house Argo (2009). Ceija Stojka spent her childhood in several concentration camps where almost her whole family perished. The documentary records her traumatic experience of this horrifying period and its processing through her artistic and literary work. A talk with Jarmila Balážová, a specialist in genocide and the discrimination of the Romani people, a reporter and the founder of the server Romea.cz will be held after the screening.

Wednesday 28 November, 6 p.m.: Judaism through the Eyes of Jewish Luminaries: Abraham Joshua Heschel. 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 the Jewish tradition. Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel is most often connected with his activities at the conservative rabbi seminary in New York (Jewish Theological Seminary) but his influence on extends far further than conservative Judaism. His personality and the key themes of his religious thinking will be introduced by Pavel Hošek from the Department of Comparative Study of Religions at the Protestant  Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague 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

11 November, 2012, 2 p.m.: How Does Lion Cub Arje Live?

Lion Cub Arje will show you a Jewish household. We will learn what a mezuzah is used for, what the rules of kosher cuisine are and we will taste some of its specialities.                      

 Tour: Klaus Synagogue                                          Flat admission CZK 50,-

  The exhibition: The Genocide of the Romani People during World War II.

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