What happened

2022

The exhibition The New Word Order
to a close on 28 August 2022

The exhibition was extended twice, was visited by nearly 10,000 people, and its accompanying educational program was attended by a promising number of schools.
We are glad that we could contribute to the various exhibition projects commemorating the anniversary of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich with a different and – judging by visitors’ responses – new kind of project.
Prague, the Nazis’ city of race science where the new colonization of Europe’s southeast was planned, became a warning about the parallels of wars and their backgrounds.

Although the exhibition’s outline was drafted long before Russia invaded Ukraine with tanks, planes, and many theories about why Ukrainians have no right to their own borders, the parallels with the ideologies of war and propaganda that lead to excuses for killing civilians are quite clear on their own.

Many visitors have asked where the exhibition will be shown after it ends its run on the academic soil of the Carolinum, and why it isn’t installed somewhere permanently…
A part of it will be included in the permanent exhibition of the Memorial of Silence after Bubny train station is renovated and begins to serve as a public place of memory.
However, should there be interest in The New World Order at home or abroad, we will gladly adapt the exhibition to any new venue, including its multimedia accompaniment. Nevertheless, it is not the kind of exhibition project that can be easily transferred merely by hanging its panels on a universal display system.

We would like to once again thank our main partners, Charles University, Czech Television, and the entire organizing team.

You can also look forward to the film that is being made about the exhibition and that will continue to share the legacy of and warning about one of the most terrible abuses of science and learning in our lands, which took on truly global proportions.


Guided tour of The New Word Order exhibition
25. 8. 2022, 5.00 pm

A few days before the end of the exhibition, there was a guided tour led by curator Pavel Štingl.
Thank you for your interest and generous participation.


Remembrance of BIIb
12. 7. 2022, 7.00 pm

For the third time, Memorial of Silence commemorated the liquidation of the so-called Terezín family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Once again we prepared a dignified commemorative concert, again in the Trade Fair Palace, the place of memory where the Jewish deportations had their beginning.

The commemorative meeting was opened by Jiří Růžička, First Deputy President of the Senate of the Czech Republic.
Jan Bumba, who hosted the evening, presented contributions from the Bubny Station Broadcast on topics addressed at the Bubny Station during this Spring which increasingly proves that history and the present are one common dialogue.
Subsequently, Eva Erbenová recalled the beginnings of her wartime history connected with the place of memory.

The special guest of the evening was mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková, who performed a repertoire of Biblical Songs by Antonín Dvořák.

The Biblical songs were chosen by Dagmar Pecková herself for the commemorative concert.
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 Dvořák’s artistic inspiration. Because only God and our faith in him give us hope for things to come.”
says Dagmar Pecková about her choice of the repertoire. She was accompanied at the concert by pianist Karel Vrtiška.

“Memorial of Silence would like to thank all visitors for the support they have shown with their generous attendance to this particular summer commemoration of the grave events that took place long ago. Here, the team of authors drew parallels with and pointed out important features of recent and contemporary events.
It is great that this experiment in communication underlining parallels with historical events was so well attended.
The small courtyard of the Trade Fair Palace was too small for this summer’s concert.
Pavel Štingl on behalf of Memorial of Silence

Those interested in watching selections from the public discussions of the Bubny Station Broadcast which we offered at the beginning of the commemorative concert can access both of the abridged recordings here:

The commemorative meeting was held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture Martin Baxa.


Within just one week, the Bubny Station Hall was transformed into a work of architecture, a broadcasting station, and a theatre stage. Moreover, it was part of We Are Open and the Open House Festival throughout the week.

During this time, we welcomed 1,200 visitors at the Bubny Railway Station and at the New World Order exhibition in the Karolinum.

As part of the traditional spring event “We Are Open” in Prague 7, two theatrical productions in various stages of development were presented at the Bubny railway station.

The literary and theatrical programme “The Words Sound from Behind the Walls” continues the regular cooperation between the Přírodní Škola (School of Nature) Grammar School and Memorial of Silence. Students of the school under the director František Tichý performed several parts of their theatre and concert repertoire. All this was accompanied by quotations from books published by the Přírodní Škola Grammar School.

The Night of Trains brought the remarkable experience of a theatrical reflection of director Eva Blechová’s memories of her personal participation in a former trip to London with the so-called Winton children, which included her aunt. The reading rehearsal of “A Theatrical Remembrance of the 2009 Travels in Europe”, with two dozen of the “children” now of advanced age, along with several dozen journalists from across Europe and a series of historic locomotives, was a promising starting point for a performance about the not-so-simple legacy of the great war stories for future generations.


Bubny Railway Station Guided Tour
22. 5. 2022

The guided tours took place within the festivals Open House Prague and We Are Open.


A Night of Trains
21. 6. 2022

Actors: Hana Frejková, Přemysl Rut, René Levínský, Hana Malaníková, Bára Hančilová, Tomáš Kout, and others

A stage reading of the play written by Eva Blechová on the journey of Winton’s Children that originated in the Author Workshop, House A, Rubín Studio was a part of We are open.

The play of Eva Blechová is based on real events and documents. With a detached view and humour, she outlines the problems of the second and third generations, develops the subject of late love and family relationships, and deals with the absurdity and sentimentality of the famous historical event that attracts the media.


Voices from the Walls… An evening dedicated to the legacy of the children of the Theresienstadt Ghetto
20. 5. 2022

Even the oppressive conditions at the Theresienstadt Ghetto and the impending transports to the east did not prevent the children and young people from being creative and living.

The themed evening presented Theresienstadt Ghetto poems set to music, excerpts from secretly published periodicals, and the books by František Tichý Transport za věčnost (Transport Beyond Eternity) and Labyrint nedokončených setkání (The Labyrinth of Interrupted Encounters). The programme was delivered by the students and teachers of Gymnázium Přírodní škola who have been dedicated to the issue for more than 12 years.

The performance took place as part of the traditional spring event of Prague 7 “We Are Open”.


QUO VADIS, Bubny… ?
18. 5. 2022

On Wednesday 18 May, after 6 p.m., Memorial of Silence opened its participation in the Open House Festival with a public discussion on the coordination of public space around the Bubny Railway Station. ARN STUDIO architects have presented the concept for the future public space between the station platform and the future track system for express trains to Kladno. Architect Michal Bartošek discussed the process of completing the Metropolitan Plan and its perspectives for changing both the quality of life in the city and how the city is perceived.

‘This memorial and its overall intention evokes in me the memories of Prague at the end of the 1930s, its significant times when it was a cosmopolitan cultural city, spoke different languages, and had world-class architecture.’
Ing. Arch. Michal Bartošek, Development of City Quarters Office – IPR Prague

‘It is encouraging to take an active part in the transformation of the largest brownfield in Prague that brought shame on the city over the past decades. But now, it has started moving before one’s eyes. It is a great effort of the implementation team to schedule all the plans to ensure that the building takes place in the same period of time. If all goes well, this portion of the tracks, including the revitalisation of the old station, will open to the public in 2024. Through its dialogue with the city planning authorities, the Memorial of Silence imparts on the renovated sites the stories and contents related to the cultural identity of Prague.’
Pavel Štingl, Director of the Bubny Memorial of Silence

We have lived to the time when the largest inner city brownfield in Europe embarks on the path of change. We are part of it.

In connection with the announcement of the winning project for the new building of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Lenka Burgerová, Councillor for Territorial Development of Prague 7, spoke about the current status of the adoption of the new Bubny-Zátory zoning study and the future communication lines that will connect Memorial of Silence with the waterfront. The finalizing of the public competition for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall is a great cultural improvement on the nearby surroundings of the Bubny railway station. It gives a new perspective to the cultural growth of the Vltava Meander and to the place of memory of Memorial of Silence.

More information about the competition for the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra building, including photos, can be found HERE.


Opening of the exhibition New World Order
16. 5. 2022

The opening ceremony for the multimedia exhibition New World Order took place in Prague’s Karolinum, a place which was not chosen at random, but because centres for racial quality assessments were mostly housed in the buildings of the Nazi-occupied Czech Charles University and its scientific institutes.


Remembrance of BIIb
8. 3. 2022

The historical parallel that exists today with the Nazi propaganda which preceded the Munich failure of Western diplomacy giving way to Hitler in 1938 is a serious stigma in early 2022.

The seven-minute documentary can be found here and on the Facebook profile of Memorial of Silence.



It features a chamber music concert, staged on the platform of the Bubny railway station, with musical arrangement combining several cultural activities at this site of memory – two Hasidic dances by Zikmund Schul as well a fragment of the prelude from Johann Sebastian Bach’s third suite in C major, performed by cellist Michal Kaňka and violinist Jan Schulmeister.

Against the backdrop of the musical performance set in contemporary railway traffic, the old railway station pulsates with the atmosphere of a theatrical rehearsal, where students of the Přírodní Škola Grammar School (Natural School) prepare a production in the departure hall based on an authentic memoir by Petr Ginz – a poet, artist and editor of a children’s magazine from Terezín called “Vedem” (We Lead).

Along with the musicians in the documentary, the platform of the Bubny railway station hosts artists who create unique thematic graffiti inspired by the memories of Dita Krausová. It was designed and spray-painted onto the stage area for the Memorial of Silence gallery by students of the Přírodní škola Grammar School Prokop Císler, Ondřej Fábra, Ondřej Martínek and Marek Mošnička.


Briefly on Wannsee
20. 1. 2022

The Briefly on Wannsee discussion session was the recollection of a “routine working meeting” of fifteen SS officers regarding the logistics of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question.

On 20 January 2022, we offered two general questions to our selected guests:
What is the essential legacy of the Wannsee Conference for you?
What can its course, outcome, and substance communicate to us in terms of our understanding of the current situation of the globalised world?

The invitation was accepted by: Petr Fischer, Fedor Gál, Pavel Kosatík, Petr Koura, Petr Pithart, Jakub Rákosník, Karol Sidon, Jakub Szantó

For a recording of the session, please click here.

We are pleased that all participants considered it an honour to speak, and they all considered the seven-minute format of the presentations to be suitable in order to break the usual pattern of events of a similar nature.

A collection of papers has been prepared for the whole event, which is currently in print.

2021

A look back at the Light for Victory
28. 11. 2021

The Light for Victory: Kindling the first Hanukkah light in front of the Bubny train station will begin the eight-day cycle of the Festival of Lights.

Musical performance of accordionist Michal Šmíd. Thanks to David Vávra for the design of the new candlestick.

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