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Evenings with Polish Reporters: Memory of the Borderlands

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 2, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Why did a small town near the Czech-Polish border disappear? The Polish reporter Filip Springer spent two years searching for an answer to the question of why Miedzianka/Kupferberg no longer exists. The once thriving mining town suffered ill fortune several times in history. However, its fate was sealed definitively by the post-war expulsion of the original German inhabitants and the Soviet plundering of uranium deposits between 1948 and 1952; Polish returnees who came back in search of their homes ended up in apartment complexes in Jelenia Góra…

We are familiar with similar stories from Czech history. Filip Springer will discuss them with Petr Mikšíček, a Czech documentarian, journalist and (co)author of several books about the Czech borderlands.

Filip Springer is a reporter and photo reporter whose books and articles focus in particular on contemporary Polish public space and architecture. In Prague he will present his acclaimed debut Miedzianka (2011), issued in Czech by the Absynt publishing house in a translation by Martin Veselka.

The debate is part of a series of discussions presenting contemporary Polish reporters organised by the Polish Institute in Prague and the Václav Havel Library.


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