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December 2013

Wednesday 4 December, 6 p.m.: Eine Geschichte des Niedergangs? Landjuden und die Migration in die Städte in Zentraleuropa um 1900. The second lecture from the seminar on modern Jewish history whose guarantor is the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Historian Ines Koeltzsch from the Masaryk Institute of the Academy, the author of this outstanding book on interwar Prague titled Geteilte Kulturen (which will be published in 2014), will present her new project dealing with rural Jews in the Czech Lands within the Central European context. The lecture will be held in German without interpreting, the discussion will be held in Czech.

Thursday 5 December, 6 p.m.: Jerusalem, the City of Three Religions: Islam. The last of three lectures by Jan Neubauer dedicated to the city where three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam have been meeting in a unique way for almost fourteen centuries, which is accompanied by rich pictorial material, presents the history, present and also the context of  Moslem Jerusalem.

Wednesday 11 December, 6 p.m.: Judaism and Secularity. The last lecture of the evening discussions on Judaism, which meets the themes of modern society, will focus this time on the phenomenon which is closely connected with the origin of modernity. The secular interpretation of Judaism came with a competitive vision of Jewish values and the organization of Jewish community which in many aspects left the religious coordinates that had been the sole interpretive framework for Judaism by that time. In his lecture Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, Hebraist Jan Zouplna from the Oriental Institute of the Academy and the moderator of the discussion Pavel Hošek from the Protestant Theological Faculty at Charles University will discuss the incompatibility, compatibility and complementarity of the secular and religious interpretations of the Jewish origin.

Thursday 12 December, 6 p.m.: The Destroyed Jewish Sites of Northern Bohemia.  The opening of the exhibition that displays the photographs and archive documents on the destruction and liquidation of the Jewish sites in the north of Bohemia which have not yet been published. During the so-called Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht), the pogrom that took place on 9th -10th November 1938, 35 synagogues were destroyed, and another 25 followed during the war. The result of the years from 1948 to 1989 was not much better. Within this period one hundred synagogues disappeared from the territory of the entire state while thirteen of them were from today´s Ústí region. The opening will be introduced by a lecture by Blanka Rozkošná, the co-author of the exhibition.

Monday 16 December, 6 p.m.: Israeli “Concretenism”.  A lecture from the series on Jewish architecture, in which Daniel Ziss will this time focus on the architectural consequences of Messiah euphoria after the Six-Day War. On 10th June 1967 Israeli architecture woke up to a new period. Suddenly Israel was three times larger and a regional power originated from a small intimate state all at once. New climatic, security and social conditions, new building materials and “newly discovered” topographies of the Biblical landscape asked for a new architectural language. The wakening after the Messiah euphoria of 1967 began in October 1973, however the hangover of Israeli architecture has lasted up to now.

Wednesday 18 December, 6 p.m.: Truth and Lies / Filming in the Terezín Ghetto 1942 -1945. This is the title of the exhibition on two propaganda films made by the authorities of the Nazi Third Reich in the largest detention camp for the Jews within the territory of the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia. The exhibition takes place in the Robert Guttmann Gallery until 23rd February. Many prisoners were involved in the preparation of these films as   involuntary actors, extras and members of the film crew. These films had never been shown in the public until the defeat of Hitler´s Germany. Petr Brod will speak with the curator of the exhibition Eva Strusková from the National Film Archive in Prague and Jana Šplíchalová from the Shoa History Archive of the Jewish Museum about the origin of both films and on the further fates of the film material and their protagonists.


Sunday programme for children and their parents

8 December,  2 p.m.: Lion Cub Celebrates Chanukah. Why does the Chanukah candelabra have eight arms? And why do they eat doughnuts and potato pancakes on the Chanukah? Who were the Maccabees? You will learn more at out Sunday´s workshop.

Tour: The Spanish Synagogue 

 The exhibition at the Department: The Destroyed Jewish Sites of Northern Bohemia.  Until 30 January

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