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September 2014

Thursday 4 September, 6 p.m.: “The Final Solution to the Gypsy Question” in Auschwitz. A lecture by historian Michal Schuster from the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno will concentrate on the Nazi persecution and genocide of the Romani during World War II. 2nd August 2014 was the 70th anniversary of the mass murder of almost three thousand Romani prisoners of the so-called Gypsy family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Most Roma men, women and children from Bohemia and Moravia perished there. The guest of Michal Schuster will be the Roma eyewitness Marie Kormanová who as a child lived in the detention camp for Romani in Dubnica nad Váhovom for six months during the war. The lecture is a part of the series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the extermination of the Terezín family camp in  Auschwitz-Birkenau.       Admission free

Sunday 14 September, 6 p.m.:  Mikveh: A Tool of Oppression or a Way towards Fulfilled Femininity? For almost two decades The European Day of Jewish Culture has tried to increase the understanding of various aspects of the rich cultural heritage of the Jewish nation among the general public in many European cities. This year´s topic is Women in Judaism. At this occasion the Jewish Museum in Prague will hold a discussion on the ritual bath, its role in the life of practising Jewish women and its perception within the secular Jewish perspective. The Rabbi´s wife Elise Peter-Apelbaum, educator at the Lauder school Tereza Gafna Váňová and Israeli film theorist Ruth Ben Hadar, who lives in Prague, together will discuss this topic. There will be a visit to a historic and contemporary mikveh with a lecture following the discussion.      Admission free

Tuesday 16 September, 6 p.m.:  The Testimony of Terezín´s Walls. The opening of the exhibition of photographs by Richard Homola, whose project concentrates on searching for the traces left by prisoners within the space of the former Terezín ghetto – engravings, graffiti, drawings etc. Even though the project has not been finished dozens of findings have been processed including several frescoes left by the forced inhabitants of the ghetto. The photographer collaborates with noted specialists in history, photography and visual art on mapping and connecting the traces with concrete stories and the destinies of the people who went through the ghetto. The project should result in a comprehensive publication based on the whole collection of photographs aspiring to become a “historical source”.      Admission free

Wednesday 17 September, 6 p.m.: Faces in the Void. Having been inspired by the Torah scroll used in the English university city of Cambridge two British creators, photographer Marion Davies and poet Jane Liddel-King set off for the scroll´s original home, the Czech city of Pardubice, to search for those who survived the Holocaust and then the following communist regime. In photographs and poems the stories of those who survived blend with the destinies of extraordinary people who now live in Great Britain. Held in English with a consecutive interpretation into Czech.      Admission free

Thursday 18 September, 6 p.m.: Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death. The author´s presentation of the book of the same title written by Israeli historian and Czech fellow countryman  Professor Otto Dov Kulka, whose Czech translation is just now being published by the publishing house Torst. The book brings a collection of reflections in which Professor Kulka returns to the fragments of his memories from the times when he – as a ten-year old boy – became a prisoner of the Terezín family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In his book Professor Kulka presents for the first time his personal reflections which he consistently avoided in his numerous historical works.      Admission free

Monday 22 September, 6 p.m.:  Hundred-Tower Blues from Maiselova Street. A composite evening of stories and poetry by writer Vlasta Rut Sidonová and music by guitarist and presenter Josef Gušlbauer who composed music for the theatre play A Prayer for Kateřina Horowitzová. The common topic of both artists is contemporary Prague and its Jewish citizens – their everyday and extraordinary life, what they laugh at and why they cry. The music by Josef Gušlbauer you will hear during the evening was produced into a CD of the same title. The extracts from Vlasta Rut Sidonová´s texts, which we will hear, are still waiting to be published

Sunday 28 September, 5 p.m.:  Our 20th Century. A new series of Sunday programmes from the Jewish Museum in Prague in which we will introduce ten pairs of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and their memories of World War II and the surrounding years. Mrs. Anna Hyndráková (born 1928) and Mr. Pavel Stránský (born 1921) accepted our invitation to the September meeting. Both of them survived the Terezín family camp in Auschwitz – Birkenau, whose extermination took place just 70 years ago. Petr Sokol, an educator and lecturer of the joint project of the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Terezín Initiative Institute entitled Ours or Strange: the Jews in the Czech 20th Century, will talk to both eyewitnesses.      Admission free


Sunday programme for children and their parents

21 September, 2 p.m.:  Lion Cub Arje Goes to Israel 

We will visit Israel together with Arje, have a look at some sights, celebrate Yom ha Acmaut (The Independence Day of the State of Israel). We will learn an Israeli dance, their anthem and in the end we will taste a favourite Israeli meal - falafel.

Tour: The Jerusalem Synagogue

                                                                                                                                Admission 50 CZK

The individual programmes admission is 30 CZK if not mentioned otherwise. The lecture hall is always open to the public 20 minutes before starting a programme. After the beginning of a concert or 15 minutes after the beginning of other programmes entering the Education and Culture Centre is not allowed.


The exhibition in the Department´s premises: The Family Camp until 10 September 2014. From 17 September The Testimony of Terezín´s Walls.

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