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Wednesday, 1 October, 6 p.m.: The Jews in Post-war Poland and the Czech Lands. A View from the Periphery. Research into the history of Jews in Poland and the Czech lands after World War II is mostly focused on the situation of Jews in capital cities. Historian Kateřina Čapková´s project focuses on the Jews in the Sudeten Lands and Lower Silesia and reveals many aspects of the post-war Jewish experience that is not so clear from the centre point of view. Admission free
Thursday, 2 October, 6 p.m.: “Troublesome Strangers” Jewish Refugees and the Rise of Independent Czechoslovakia. Historian Michal Frankl will focus on the attitudes of the state and public towards Jewish refugees from Galicia and Bukovina after the rise of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918 and their reasons within building the new national state. The lecture accompanies the exhibition “Orient in Bohemia? Jewish Refugees during World War I” and is a part of the new series “Refugees and Migration in the 20th Century.”
Monday, 6 October, 6 p.m.: Scream from Oblivion: The Path of a Military Pilot from The Sky to Illegality. The author´s presentation of the book of the same name by Tomáš Kašpar whose parents joined the domestic resistance at the beginning of the Nazi occupation and both perished during the war. His father was executed in Brandenburg am Havel and his mother, who was Jewish, was murdered in Auschwitz. Admission free
Tuesday, 7 October, 6 p.m.: War – Jews – Books. This year the library at the Jewish Museum in Prague will be a part of the national activity A Week of Libraries, which is focused on remembering the outbreak of World War I. Michal Bušek´s lecture will reflect on the response to the war by the press and in the records of the Jewish Community in Prague, important printed works for Jewish soldiers on both sides of the front and the operation of local libraries between 1914 and 1918. Admission free
Monday, 13 October, 6 p.m.: The Symbolism of the Feast of Sukot. A lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of the Czech Republic, will focus on the rich symbolism of this “Feast of Tabernacles”.
Tuesday 14 October, 6 p.m.: 25 Years of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe – the View from the USA. Where does social development in the USA and Europe aim to go? Is a mutual exchange of experience possible and are there any global solutions? A discussion with a participant in this years’ Forum 2000 Brian Siegal, the director of the Miami and Broward Office of the American Jewish Committee and political scientist Alexandr Tomský. Moderated by Tomáš Kraus. The evening is held in English with simultaneous interpreting into Czech. Admission free
Sunday 19 October, 5 p.m.: Our 20th Century. A series of Sunday programmes from the Jewish Museum in Prague in which we will introduce ten pairs of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and hear about their memories of World War II and the surrounding years. Evelina Merová (born 1930) and Eva Lišková (born 1929) both accepted our invitation to the meeting. Moderated by Petr Sokol, an educator and lecturer for the educational project Ours or Theirs? The Jews in the Czech 20th Century. Admission free
Wednesday, 22 October, 6 p.m.: A Bit Too Many Ancestors. Hardly anybody has been born into such a varied and talented family, outstanding because of their literary abilities, as the film maker Jindřich Mann. This Prague native is a grandson of German novelist Heinrich Mann, grandnephew of Thomas Mann and son of Ludvík Aškenazy. His mother Leonie came partly from a Jewish family in Čáslav. In his book Poste Restante Jindřich Mann writes on what life in the shadow of his famous relatives is like and how a man creates his own life in communist Czechoslovakia and later in emigration in West Germany. The book will be presented in his discussion with Petr Brod.
Tuesday 23 October, 6 p.m.: Auschwitz Album. A discussion over a unique album of photographs capturing the selection of the Jews and the process heading towards their deaths in gas chambers in the extermination camp at Auschwitz. Michal Kraus from Middlebury College in the USA, Daniel Uziel from Yad Vashem in Israel and Martin Jelínek from the Jewish Museum in Prague will talk about the origin, interpretation and significance of the album. Simultaneous interpreting into Czech. Admission free
Wednesday, 29 October, 6 p.m.: Major Zeman Fights the Zionists: Images of the Jews and Israel in the Culture of Normalization. In the communist propaganda of the 1950s and then in the time of normalization, the Jews played an important role as “cosmopolitans”, “henchmen of imperialism”, “Zionists”, “revisionists” or “agents of Tel Aviv”. How did their role resemble other prototypes of the enemies of socialism and how was it different? A lecture by Jan Fingerlad, a commentator for Czech Radio.
Thursday 30 October, 6 p.m.: The Jewish Museum in Prague 1994 – 2014: Taking Stock and Looking Forward. This October will be the 20th anniversary of the denationalization of the State Jewish Museum when a new era opened before the re-established Jewish Museum in Prague. Leo Pavlát, the director of the Museum, historian Michal Frankl, his deputy, and Michaela Sidenberg, the curator of the art collections of the Museum, will discuss and evaluate the past years and their visions for the future. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission free
The exhibition in the Department´s premises: The Testimony of Terezín´s Walls. Photographies by Richard Homola. Until 23 October.
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