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Tuesday 4 November, 6 p.m.: “I Was Not Interested in Discussions on Humanity”. A lecture by historian Helena Kanyar Becker, who was granted the prestigious City of Basel Science Award, on the charismatic Swiss woman Gertrud Lutz-Frankhauser (1911-1995) who along with her husband Carl Lutz helped to save 62.000 Jews in Budapest during World War Two. After the war Gertrud looked after children and their mothers in Yugoslavia, Finland, Poland, Brasil and Turkey and as the Vice President of UNICEF for Europe and North Africa she became involved in rescue operations in Biafra. The couple were honoured with the award The Righteous among the Nations by the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. Admission free
Wednesday 5 November, 6 p.m.: Emancipation Jewish Communities in Moravia and Silesia. A lecture by Daniel Baránek, a doctoral student at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague, focuses on the Jewish communities in Moravia and Silesia that were able to rise and develop within the 19th century thanks to the process of the emancipation of the Jews (for example in Brno, Olomouc, Jihlava, Znojmo and in the region of Ostrava). Particular attention is paid to the formation and development of these communities, their liturgical, educational, upbringing and charitable institutions and last but not least to their members. 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. Admission free
Thursday 6 November, 6 p.m.: Synagogues on Fire: The Night of Broken Glass of 1938 in the Czech Border Area. An opening of the exhibition of the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec commemorating the course of the so-called Night of Broken Glass and the following liquidation of Jewish communities in the Czech border area in Autumn 75 years ago. The creator of the exhibition Markéta Lhotová from the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec will make the introduction. Admission free
Wednesday 12 November, 6 p.m.: Dancing with the Enemy. An evening with Paul Glaser, the author of the book of the same title, in which piece by piece he reconstructs the long-held secret war story of his father’s sister Aunt Roosje and the tortures she and other Jews who survived faced due to the attitudes in the post-war Kingdom of the Netherlands. Former Ambassador to the Haag Jozef Braun will present the book in a talk with the author. The evening is held in English with simultaneous interpreting into Czech. Admission free
Sunday 16 November, 6 p.m.: Our 20th Century. A series of Sunday programmes 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. Michal Salomonovič (born 1933) and his brother Josef Salomonovič (born 1938), who was one of the youngest to survive the ghetto in Lod and the extermination camp of Auschwitz, both accepted our invitation to the meeting in November. Moderated by Petr Sokol, a lecturer for the educational project Ours or Theirs? The Jews in the Czech 20th Century. Admission free
Monday24 November, 6 p.m.: Heje nachon! Jewish Youth, We Introduce Ourselves to You. Czechoslovak Zionistic scouting before World War Two is a phenomenon that has not been discussed much but attracts attention particularly today when anti-Semitism in Europe seems to lift its head again. How do the scouts today look at their Jewish colleagues? What united both movements? What separated them? Jitka Radkovičová, a member of the Scout Institute of A.B. Svojsík with help from Czech and Israeli archives proves that these scouts “were prepared” and did not forget about their clearly defined aim, which for them was departure for their “national homeland” in Palestine.
Thursday 27 November, 6 p.m.: Return to the House on Fire. A screening of the documentary of the same title about the national heroine Chaviva Reiková (Haviva Reik) (1914 - 1944), born in today’s Banská Bystrica, who returned to Slovakia in 1944 to fight Nazism. The film was made in collaboration with the Museum of Slovak National Uprising on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birthday and the 70th anniversary of her death. Screenwriter and director Anna Grusková and producer Mirka Molnár L´ahká will introduce the documentary. The project was supported by the European Commission. Admission free
Exhibition within the premises of the Department: Synagogues on Fire: The Night of Broken Glass of 1938 in the Czech Border Area. From 7 November until 18 December. Monday – Thursday, 2 – 4 p.m., Friday 10 – 12 a.m., during evening events and by advance appointment.
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