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The Legacy of Genocide

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 20, 2017, 17:30 – 19:00

Evening dedicated to post-war efforts to come to terms with the consequences of the Roma Holocaust. Guests will include members of Roma and Sinti families from the Czech Republic and Germany and the debate will be chaired by Jana Horváthová, director of the Museum of Romani Culture.

The programme will begin with an exhibition by the UK historian Eve Rosenhaft and the German academic Jana Müller focused on the pre-war, wartime and post-war history of a number of Sinti families from Germany’s Dessau. The exhibition is based on a collection of photographs from the 1930s documenting the everyday life of the Sinti community in Dessau on the eve of the Holocaust. It will be on show at the Karolinum (entrance from Celetná 20) until 24 September 2017. The evening will also include a screening of the film What Happened to Unku? about the fate of the Sinti girl Erna Lauenburger made famous by the German novel Ede und Unku (1931).

The debate is an accompanying programme to the conference Tracing the Legacies of the Roma Genocide. Families as Transmitters of Experience and Memory (Villa Lanna, 20– 21. 9. 2017) organised by the Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Institute of Contemporary History at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Alternatives Jugendzentrum in Dessau and the international network of researchers Legacies of the Roma Genocide in Europe since 1945, which is based at the University of Liverpool. The debate was supported by Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds and Strategy 21AV.

The debate will be simultaneously interpreted from German and English into Czech.

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Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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