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Apr 9, 2015 7:00 PM

Courage to Resist - Show Trials

The Case of Dr. Horakova (Případ Dr. Horáková), dir. Jan Mudra, 1990, 55 min Documentary followed by a talk with Gillian Purves, Platform of European Memory and Conscience.


The Case of Dr. Horakova (Případ Dr. Horáková), dir. Jan Mudra, 1990, 55 min, English subtitles
This documentary about a notorious execution follows the career of Milda Horáková, a politician inspired by the ideals of the Czechoslovak statesman Tomáš Masaryk, from her work with the international women's movement, to her persecution by the Nazis and internment in Terezín. It revisits, in detail, the 1950 show trial that ended in her death sentence, citing her court testimony and a letter of farewell written just hours before her execution. A number of eyewitnesses appear in the film, including Horáková’s daughter, Jana Horáková-Kánská, who recalls the day the StB agents raided their apartment, and describes her last visit to her mother in Prague's Pankrác Prison. The documentary reveals the machinations of the communist regime, including brutal interrogations, corrupt judges, and the manipulation of public opinion.

Jan Mudra is a graduate of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied directing and editing. His work includes the documentary Svědectví o smrti Pavla Wonky (1991), and the 15-part TV series, Lidé, kteří k nám patří (1993), about prominent Czech and Slovak people and institutions in the United States and Canada. Since 1993, he has run his own production company, Max TV Film, producing his own works, including the popular music magazine Pop art (2003) for Czech Television.  He has made documentaries, including a portrait of former principal conductor Zdeněk Mácal, Mezi nebem a zemí (2003), and Eurosong aneb Kabát jde do Evropy (2007).

Gillian Purves, Platform of European Memory and Consciencehttp://www.memoryandconscience.eu/



BOOK PRESENTATION:

Lest We Forget. Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe.
A READER FOR OLDER SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ANYWHERE IN EUROPE
Edited by Gillian Purves

An illustrated collection of 30 remarkable life stories of people affected by totalitarianism from 16 European countries, containing photographs and facsimiles of documents. DVD with additional materials (films, e-book, etc.) enclosed. Contributions by 23 public and nongovernmental institutions, organisations, museums and memorials dealing with the totalitarian past of Europe, associated in the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. Preface by French historian Stéphane Courtois, the author of the Black Book of Communism.
The purpose of the reader is to educate today`­s young generation about Europe­`s tragic totalitarian past and about the importance of upholding fundamental human rights, freedoms and democratic values in society. The goal is to promote a better understanding and integration among European citizens and to help prevent the recurrence of any form of non-democratic rule in the future.      

                        

 

 
Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Apr 9, 2015 7:00 PM

Organizer:

Czech Center


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