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Wednesday 2 April, 6 p.m.: “Gypsies”, Jews and Other “Strangers”. On the Criminalization of Minorities within the Course of the 19th Century. Minorities, social fringe groups or generally “strangers” are particularly often portrayed as criminals. Even today the current omnipresent criminalization of Romani shows that this phenomenon goes across states and epochs. The lecture by German historian Volker Zimmermann will deal with the blaming of those who are perceived as strange by the majority of society. The displays of this tendency within the course of the 19th century in the Habsburg monarchy, the German empire and in Great Britain will be at the centre of attention. 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 German. Admission free
Thursday 3 April, 6 p.m.: Within the Stream of Dialogue. The opening of the exhibition of black and white photographs taken by Norbert Švarc recording the traces of Jewish presence in today’s Ukrainian town of Chernivtsi. Chernivtsi, once called the Vienna of the East, was, before the war, a multicultural outpost of eastern Jewish culture and a cradle of the most influential philosophical movements of the 20th century – the philosophy of dialogue. The photographs that capture the traces of the Jews there are based on an unconditionality of dialogue. The uniquely classic photography, which is his main means of expression, is humble towards its counterpart - the places once famous and today penetrated with grass – and at the same time provocative within the relation to its current state. Admission free
Tuesday 8 April, 6 p.m.: Poems and Songs of Friendship. The presentation of the book of the same name that contains translations of two collections of Hebrew poems written by the Czech Jewish poet and writer Jiĝí Mordechaj Langer (1894 – 1943) Pijutim ve-širej jedidot (Poems and Songs of Friendship) and Meat cori (A Little Balsam). Denisa G. Goldmannová, the author of the translations of the poems, commentaries and final study, will present the personality of Jiĝí M. Langer and his poetry. Admission free
Sunday 9 April, 6 p.m.: Pesach Micraim, Pesach le-atid (Redemption from Egypt, Future Redemption). How are the ever-present haste of the redemption from Egypt and calm strength of the future redemption, the self-preservation escape and the free growth in dignity and beauty linked? The link between the redemption of Israel from Egypt and the future redemption will be in the centre of attention of the lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, inspired by the reflection of the same title by Rabbi Avraham Jicchak Kook (1865-1935).
Thursday 17 April, 6 p.m.: Abrasha Drives a Tractor like a Devil. A lecture from the series on Jewish and Israeli architecture when Daniel Ziss will focus on the transition from shtetl to Utopia kolkhoz of the Jewish settlements in Crimea, Ukraine and the autonomous region of Birobidzhan. The lecture will present the work of Swiss architect Hannes Meyer and other architects, whose buildings for the Jewish autonomous region in Siberia fell outside the scope of the borders of the former Soviet Union.
Wednesday 23 April, 6 p.m.: Prague under the Swastika. The book entitled The Guide to the Protectorate Prague written by the director of the Academia publishing house Jiĝí Padevìt will take us to the places of conspiracy meetings between resistance fighters, the flats of families who supported the parachutists who were preparing for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the offices of cover companies of the Sicherheitsdienst, the secret maternity clinic established by the Gestapo, the underground where the Nazis prepared building underground factories, to the rooms where Czech fascists gathered and to the barricades of May´s uprising. The book also documents the places where Czech Jews suffered and shows that even during the occupation there were small isles of freedom and culture in Prague despite the Nazi oppression. Petr Brod will present the book during his discussion with its author.
Wednesday 30 April, 6 p.m.: Pope Pius XII and the Shoah. The phenomenon of the shoah and the attitudes of the Holy See belonged to the most controversial period of the modern Christian-Jewish history. The standpoints and acts of pope Pius XII, whose pontificate lasted from 1939 to 1958, are the subject of vigorous disputes. Is there a right time now in this dispute for a balanced and objective evaluation? Historian Rudolf Vévoda from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes will be dealing with the topic of the Vatican´s policy towards the Jews within the World War II.
Sunday programme for children and their parents
Exhibition in the department´s premises: Within the Stream of a Dialogue. Till 22 May, 2014.
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