Remembrance of BIIb

12. 7. 2022
Small Hall of the National Gallery in Prague

Admission free

On 12 July, the Memorial of Silence will commemorate, for the third time, the liquidation of the so-called Terezín family concentration camp in Auschwitz. Once again we have prepared a dignified commemorative concert for you. It will again take place at the Trade Fair Palace, a place of memory, where the Jewish deportations began.

Programme of the BIIb Remembrance Meeting
6.30 pm Opening of the Small Hall of the Trade Fair Palace, brief trailer for the New World Order exhibition
7 pm Opening of the meeting, welcoming of guests of honour, diplomatic corps and introduction of the newly established Advisory Board of the Memorial of Silence
7.10 pm Excerpt with commentary from the Bubny Station broadcasting on the parallels of wars along with a current assessment of the events of 2022
7.30 pm Introduction of Dagmar Pecková, opening of the concert part of the evening
8.20 pm Conclusion of the meeting, farewell

This year we will welcome into the Small Hall of the National Gallery in Prague  mezzosoprano Dagmar Pecková, who will perform the Biblical Songs of Antonín Dvořák.
She comments on her programme choice:

“It is our duty to constantly recall the fate of people who, simply because of their origins, became victims of the so-called Final Solution. This collective guilt is inexcusable and eternal. We must never forget the victims of Nazism, but also the post-war expulsion of Germans a bloody revenge on people often as innocent as the war victims. Similarly, we must prevent the spread of any form of nationalism today. We are finally living in a free country and we must do everything we can to keep it that way.
Let the Biblical Songs of Antonín Dvořák be heard today. A humble plea and call to God. One of the most fascinating gifts of Dvořáks artistic inspiration. Because only God and our faith in him give us hope for things to come.”

In past years, we have reminisced with our guests – witnesses – about the events associated with the largest single mass murder of Czechoslovak citizens. We have heard the stories of hope and false illusions of the families living in the BIIb concentration camp barracks in 1944.

A lot has changed with the new year.
A war has broken out that we are part of. Europe’s borders are changing; there is fighting in areas which Timothy Snyder called “the bloodlands”. The Memorial of Silence is organizing public discussions in its Bubny Station broadcasting on the parallels of wars and their traits.
In view of recent events, we have decided to offer for this year’s contemplative Remembrance of BIIb a brief reminiscence from the Bubny Station broadcasts on the themes that were heard at the place of memory during the spring of this year. A year that increasingly proves that history and the present are one common dialogue.