200,000 Refugees in Trains in Germany: Forgotten History | Lecture

When: 04.02.2016 - 17:30 - 18:30
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

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Main image Children in Amsterodam in 1946 (Courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Global Archives)

The lecture by Martin Šmok will present the humanitarian work of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJDC) in postwar Czechoslovakia, highlighting the educational potential of knowledge of such events of the past for better understanding of the present.

Drawing on archival material and testimony clips from the archive of USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education, phenomena such as handling a major refugee wave, migrant resettlement and rehabilitation, social assistance to the needy and labeling all such humanitarian work as a subversive enemy act will be explored, as well as propagandistic enemy constructs and their use and re-use by various political regimes.

For those interested in modern Jewish history, some chapters of post-WWII history of Jewish presence in Czechoslovakia may get exposed from a unique angle of a continuous Czech bureaucratic attitude extending from the Austro-Hungarian times of WWI well into the 1950s.

In Czech.