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Wednesday 13 January, 6 p.m.: Metamorphosis K. The opening of the exhibition of Mexican photographer Patricie Lagarde who is inspired by Franz Kafka. The exhibition will be introduced by representatives from the Embassy of the United Mexican States which co-operated in organizing the exhibition. Free entry.
Thursday 14 January, 6 p.m.: De-Stalinization and Reform Thinking in Czechoslovakia 1956–1968. An introductory lecture by Professor Jan Rataj from the new series The Jewish Minority in Czechoslovakia in the Years of De-Stalinization and within the Intentions of Reform Communism.
Tuesday 19 January, 6 p.m.: The Last Train. Berlin 1943. The Jewish question is approaching its final solution and the Nazis decide to transport the remaining citizens of Jewish origin from Berlin. 688 people are placed on the last train. This intimate story describes five days of the journey to Auschwitz in a cramped and stuffy space of a freight car and how not to lose hope, mind and human dignity even without food or drink. Drama, Germany/Czech Republic 2006, 120 minutes, Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, Dana Vávrová. Cast Gedeon Burkhard, Juraj Kukura, Stanislav Zindulka, Nina Divíšková, Vojtěch Kotek. The introduction by producer of the film Ivo Pavelek.
Wednesday 20 January, 6 p.m.: Jewish Violin of Alexander Shonert. Natalia Shonert accompanies on the piano. A unique programme consisting of the original adaptation of national melodies, Alexander Shonert´s own compositions and pieces from composers – classicists of Jewish music describes the journey of the Jewish violin from the Orient, across old Europe to contemporary Prague. The journey with love, joy, tears and mysticism, a journey that creates a bridge between the past and presence.
Thursday 21 January, 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, the present and context. Geography, culture and religion. The Middle East, Israel: the Israeli Wall as a Painter’s Canvas. Propaganda, Arts and Folklore. A series of lectures by Ing. Jan Neubauer.
Monday 25 January, 6 p.m.: Two Fates Impacted by the Holocaust. The story of the promising journalist Jindřich Lion who twice escaped from his native country captured in the documentary of Centropa and the fate of Olga Klingerová, a hidden child, who emigrated to Israel in the 1950s, where she had served in the Israeli army for many years. The talk of Petr Brod with Olga Klingerová joined with presentation of the documentary about Jindřich Lion.
Tuesday 26 January, 6 p.m.: The Skill to Tell Stories. An insight into the work of Amos Oz who is a world-wide reputable writer and who is called conscience of the nation by Israeli readers. A lecture by eminent Czech Hebraist and translator dr. Jiřina Šedinová from the series The Paths of Israeli Literature dealing with contemporary Israeli literary work. Josef Somr will read extracts from the work.
Thursday 28 January, 6 p.m.: Franz Kafka in Illustrations and Visual Arts. On illustrations of Franz Kafka´s stories and novels and their influence on some artists. The response of Kafka’s work in the Czech visual arts in the 1960s and the work of Jarmila Mařanová, a graphic artist and painter. A lecture by dr. Arno Pařík held at the occasion of Patricie Lagarde’s exhibition.
The exhibitions on the premises of the Centre:
Patricie Lagarde: Metamorphosis K.
Exhibitions are open to the public Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
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