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Wednesday 5 February, 6 p.m.: The Jewish Community in Post-war Greece: Between Assimilation and Exclusion. Like in many other places in Europe the post-war situation of Jewish communities in Greece was heavily influenced by the tragedy of the Shoah. The ancient Jewish communities of Epirus, Corfu or Rhodes islands were almost obliterated. The Sephardic community of Thessaloniki, the former “Balkan Jerusalem” was practically exterminated. Three quarters of the Jewish population were murdered. The lecture by Kateřina Králová from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University will speak about the directions the Greek Jews in post-war Greece made for. The lecture is held within the framework of 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. Admission free
Thursday 6 February, 6 p.m.: Old Trees at Jewish Cemeteries. An opening of the exhibition by photographer and former forester Václav Chvála who documents Jewish cemeteries and whose photographs present various points of view on the co-existence of old trees with Jewish cemeteries. The problem of originally accompanying wood vegetation, which in many cases gradually became a determining element of the general geometry of a cemetery, has been often discussed by specialists – especially where it concerns arboretum, landscape, preservation or ritual points of view. Admission free
Tuesday 11 February, 6 p.m.: Jewish Violin of Alexander Shonert. A programme of Jewish music for violin and piano which includes an original arrangement of national melodies, Alexander Shonert´s own compositions and works of classicists of Jewish music. The programme reflects the journey of the Jewish violin from the Orient, across old Europe to contemporary Prague. The journey is one of joy and tears, a journey that creates a bridge between the past and present. Natalia Shonert accompanies on the piano. Admission CZK 60,-
Tuesday 18 February, 6 p.m.: The De-legitimacy of the State of Israel. Appeals for the elimination of the Jewish state come not only from extremely right-wing organizations but also extremely left-wing or Islamic organizations. Besides the presentation of basic terminology and features of the main participants in the de-legitimacy and demonization of Israel Ján Kapusňak, a graduate from the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, will also discuss various strategies and displays of this phenomenon. At the end he will introduce how it might be possible to face this global phenomenon. PROGRAMME CANCELLED DUE TO LECTURER'S SICKNESS! Thank you for your understanding.
Thursday 20February, 6 p.m.: Karel Berman: A Chronicle of the Opera Singer´s Life. A celebration held for the publishing of the book of the same title written by Martin Kučera. It is dedicated to this personality of the Czech post-war music scene and is published by the Academia publishing house. Karel Berman started his studies at the Prague Conservatory in 1938 but the developing career of this young artist was soon interrupted by the arrival of Nazism. Berman went gradually through Terezín, Auschwitz and Dachau. For Karel Berman the main stage after the war was in the National and Estates Theatres but he, as a man who proudly declared his Jewish origin, often took part in the programmes of the then State Jewish Museum too. The author, Martin Kučera, will talk with his guests about the book and the personality of Karel Berman. The book will be available for purchase. Admission free
Wednesday 26 February, 6 p.m.: Purim Forever. According to rabbi scholars the holiday of Purim will survive in the future when the primary sense of the feasts commemorating the exit from Egyptian captivity vanishes. What makes this feast so important that its events occupy a prominent place in the mind of rabbi scholars? A lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, will focus on thoughts on the outstanding timelessness of the holiday of Purim.
Exhibition in the department´s premises: Old Trees at Jewish Cemeteries. Until March 13. 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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