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20th SVU World Congress - Washington, DC, August 9 - 13, 2000

Press Release:

SVU Moravian Chapter Takes Part in the Events of
Jewish  Moravia - Jewish Brno 2001

Thanks to Dr. Marie Bobkova, our agile President of the SVU Moravian Chapter, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) will participate and be an active partner in the forthcoming cultural events of the program of Jewish Moravia - Jewish Brno..

The program is to continue till the end of 2001. It will include expositions, concerts, seminars, conferences, lectures, which are expected to have a wide impact. The festive opening of the project will be on 18th December 2000. Of special interest is the exposition of Mr. Waldes' collection of paintings by Prof. František Kupka; further, the exhibition will present the history of Jewish culture in Moravia in the period 13th century to 1945, in co-operation with the House of Art of Brno City, Jewish Museum of Prague, Memorial of Holocaust in Terezín. The exhibition will include, among others, the art of synagogues, and paintings of children from Terezín concentration camp. Apart from other planned activities, the concert of cantor Joseph Malovany from New York City, is also to take place. There will also be two grand receptions in the National Theatre of Brno.

The list of honored guests is headed by Rabbi Efraim Karol Sidon of Prague, Chief Rabbi of the Czech Republic and Her Excellency, Ambassador of Israel, Erella Hadar. The President of the project's Honorary Committee is Pavel Tigrid.  Other participating celebrities include Honorary Vice President of
B'nai B'rith Prof. Dr. Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich; President of Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy; President of the Commission for Culture, Paul Cardinal Poupard; Honorary General Consul of the Czech Republic in Israel and President of Israeli Society of Friends of
the Czech Republic, Chanan Rozen; Honorary President of the Society of Czechoslovak immigrants in Israel, Hanuš Cvi Wiegl; Prince Karel Schwarzenberg; Countess Diana Sternberg; writer and diplomat Avigdor Dagan (Viktor Fischl);  writer Arnošt Lustig; journalist Jefim Fištejn; Jiri Zlatuška, Rector of Masaryk University of Brno; Jan Kasl, Mayor of Prague and Petr Duchon, Mayor of Brno and many others.

The events are cosponsored by the Israeli Society of Friends of the Czech Republic, the Federation of Jewish Communities, the Jewish Museum of Prague, Jewish Community of Brno and Prague, the Jewish Agency, Musica Judaica, Memorial of Holocaust in Terezin and the City of Brno.

Media partners of the project are Czech Television, the Czech Radio, Radio Free Europe, advertising companies REALMEDIA, Eclipse and Super Poster.

The present information was finalized at the 20th Congress of our Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in Washington, 8 - 13th August 2000.

The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences is pleased to participate in this important event. Many of the participants, including Mr. Jirí Waldes, Arnošt Lustig, Viktor Fischl, Pavel Tigrid, Jaroslav Stránský and others are members of our Society.

M. Rechcigl, president

Datum poslední úpravy: 30.11.2000