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Monday 3 March, 6 p.m.:”Special Treatment” – The title of the book dedicated to the Terezín family camp in Auschwitz – Birkenau. The book, whose publishing in the Revolver Revue publishing house is being prepared by journalist and documentarian Adam Drda. How do the experts interpret the purpose of this camp? Why are the biggest murders of Czechoslovak citizens committed in Birkenau during the nights from 8th to 9th March and from 10th to 12th July 1944 still considered as “someone else’s tragedy” rather than an inseparable part of Czech history? Adam Drda and the eyewitness, historian Toman Brod will try to answer these questions during the lecture. Admission free
Wednesday 5 March, 6 p.m.: Transfer of Goods – Transfer of Culture: the Tobacco Monopoly and the Rise of Jewish Intellectuals in the Habsburg Monarchy. What was the role of Jews in the European tobacco business and what was behind this strange connection which strongly influenced the creation of the image of Jews in modern times? A lecture by Louise Hecht from the Palacký University Olomouc will focus on the link between the organization of the tobacco monopoly by Jewish tenants and their networks of Jewish leaseholders in the 18th century and the rise of a secular intellectual Jewish elite in the 19th century. The lecture is held within the seminar on modern Jewish history organized by the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The lecture will be held in English. Admission free
Sunday 9 March, 5 p.m.: The Terezín Family Camp and Its Remembrance. This evening is dedicated to the memory of the extermination of the Terezín family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau whose 70th anniversary will be on the night from 8th to 9th March. Some of the eyewitnesses – Zuzana Růžičková, Dagmar Lieblová, Evelina Merová, Pavel Stránský and Pavel Werner – have accepted our invitation. Petr Sokol, an educationalist and lecturer of the education project of the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Terezín Initiative Institute Ours or Strange: The Jews in the Czech 20th Century, will talk to the eyewitnesses. Besides the memories of the family camp they will also speak about its role in the relationship of the Czech Jews towards the topic of Shoah, about the post-war discussion or non-discussions of its extermination in Czech society and also about its position within Czech education on the Holocaust. Admission free
Thursday 13 March, 6 p.m.: Paul, Pagans and the Kingdom of God. Paul insisted that pagans repudiate their native gods, and that they make an exclusive commitment to his god, the god of Israel. But he also insisted that these pagans not convert to Judaism. Why not? What does his 'policy' teach us about the message of Jesus of Nazareth? And what does it say regarding Paul's convictions about the coming Kingdom of God? Paula Fredriksen (Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Boston University), a leading world specialist in ancient Christianity, will try to answer these question in her lecture. The lecture is organized in collaboration with the Society of Christians and Jews and will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Czech.
Tuesday 18 March, 6 p.m.: The Word Sounds from behind Walls – Songs Based on Texts of Terezín Boys. The war history of the town of Terezín created not just bitter fruit. It also created a number of beautiful and inspiring flowers in the form of verses written by involuntary inhabitants of the ghetto. Hanuš Hachenburg, Petr Ginz and Zdeněk Ornest occupy an important position among these young poets. There is an attempt to revive the legacy of these and other poets from Terezín. The students and tutors from the secondary school Gymnázium Přírodní škola set selected texts to music within the project called Terezín Relay. The songs will be presented at an evening performance by the composers, their classmates and colleagues. The evening is dedicated to the victims of the Terezín family camp in Auschwitz among whom Hanuš Hachenburg was also a member of 70 years ago.
Thursday 20March, 6 p.m.: The Jerusalem Neighbourhood Mea Shearim Celebrates Its Birthday. When the Jerusalem neighbourhood Mea Shearim was established in 1874, it was just the second settlement outside the walls of the Old City. Today´s district Mea Shearim from the geographic point of view is fully integrated into Jerusalem. However it still somehow remains an insular neighbourhood within the city. The current day-to-day and festive life of this Jerusalem neighbourhood will be presented at the lecture by Jan Neubauer accompanied by rich photographic material.
Wednesday 26 March, 6 p.m.: Five Brides. In the third part of the series of silent Russian films with Jewish themes the film Five Brides (1929, 58 minute) will be shown. The film in the of an “eastern” approaches the Ukrainian shetl Bednota which is threatened by Petliura´s (Ukrainian nationalistic) troops that occupied it in 1919, which is when the story takes place. The new film’s music has distinctive percussions and concrete sounds and was composed by Jan Grunt. Czech subtitles.
Exhibition in the department´s premises: Old Trees at Jewish Cemeteries. Till March 27.
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