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Monday 2 June, 6 p.m.: Family Camp. An opening of the exhibition introducing the fate of the prisoners who were transported from Terezín to the extermination camp of Auschwitz- Birkenau in September 1943. They were killed there on the night of the 8th of March 1944. This event was the biggest mass murder of Czechoslovak citizens during the Nazi occupation. The exhibition will be presented by its creators Vojtěch Blodig and Tomáš Fedorovič from the Terezín Memorial. Admission free
Wednesday 4 June, 6 p.m.: “We Live as Though Entombed”: Jews Hiding in Family Bunkers in Eastern Galicia. A lecture by Natalie Aleksiun from the Touro College in New York focuses on the Jews who were hiding in family bunkers in Eastern Galicia during the war. The lecture will concentrate on the everyday life of these people, their strategies of survival and particularly on the relations towards non-Jewish Poles and Ukrainians – their former neighbours, business partners, classmates or customers without whose help they would hardly have survived. The lecture is held within the seminar on modern Jewish history whose guarantor is the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. For this first time, this lecture will be held on the premises of the Institute for Contemporary History, at Vlašská 9, Praha 1 and will be held in English. Admission free
Monday 9 June, 6 p.m.: The Czechoslovak Exile Government and the Terezín Family Camp. What did Beneš´ exile government know about the fates of the Jews deported to Auschwitz and about the family camp? What were their sources of information about the fates of those who were deported? How did the government´s representatives react at the moment they learnt about the liquidation of the September transports in March 1944? Historian Jan Láníček from the University of New South Wales in Sydney will answer these and other questions in his lecture. He will also present his book Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938 – 1948: Beyond Idealisation and Condemnation that was published by the Palgrave Macmillan publishing house last year. The lecture is a part of the series commemorating the 70th anniversary of the extermination of the Terezín family camp in Auschwitz. Admission free
Wednesday 11 June, 6 p.m.: Rabi Azriel and the Cabbalistic Centre in Gerona. A lecture by Josef Blaha will concentrate on the personality and work of Rabbi Azriel of Gerona (12 – 13 century) who belonged to the most important members of the Cabbalistic centre in Gerona. Rabby Azriel is the author of the commentary on the Talmud stories and the commentary on the Book of Creation (Sefer Yetzirah) that was until recently wrongly attributed to his most famous pupil Moshe ben Nachman. He is one of the most penetrating and profound thinkers of the Kabbalah who managed to made good use of the fruits of Jewish rationalistic philosophy in the field of mystics.
Thursday 12 June, 6 p.m.: Music at Auschwitz: Aid to Survival or Dehumanizing Degradation? A lecture by Laurence Sherr from the Kennesaw State University. Laurence Sherr examines the significance of the prisoner orchestras in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and considers the impact of music on both the prisoners and camp administration. Presentation materials include archival documents, eyewitness accounts, and his on-site photo and video documentation. Held in English with a simultaneous interpretation into Czech.
Monday 16 June, 6 p.m.: Jewish Prague: The Proceedings of Prague Jewry between the Liberalism of Fathers and National Understanding of Sons. A lecture by professor Milan Tvrdík from the Institute of Germanic Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University dedicated to the almanac Das Jüdische Prag (1917) written in German in which the turning point of the perception of the mission of the Jewish community in Prague and the Czech lands in the declining years of the Habsburg monarchy is reflected.
Thursday 19 June, 6 p.m.: Kibbutzim in Jungle – Israeli Architectonic Export to the Third World. Within the series on Israeli architecture Daniel Ziss will concentrate on the short period during which Israel exported agricultural technology to developing countries in Africa and Asia, trained local specialists and organized imposing building projects. This period was also important for Israeli architecture which started to spread quickly into the third world. Suddenly the architect who used to design canteens in kibbutzim were drawing up plans for whole universities (Nigeria, Ivory Coast), hospitals (Uganda) and national libraries (Teheran). In the African landscape Israeli town planners built new cities, kibbutzim and hotel complexes.
Wednesday 25 June, 6 p.m.: The Holiday of Giving of the Torah. A lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, dealing with the holiday of Shavuot will point to the parallels between the revelation of God in the Sinai and the presence of God in the portable desert tabernacle which He, whose Majesty fills the earth and heaven, had built to have his seat among his people.
Exhibition in the department´s premises: The Family Camp. Until 23 October 2014.
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