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European Day of Jewish Culture

The European day of Jewish culture will take place on the 8th September 2019. It was born 20 years ago to remember more intensively the cultural heritage, which Jews left on the European continent during long centuries. It was initiated by humanitarian organisation B´nai B´rith Europe with the aim to emphasize the contribution of Jews to the literature, music, arts, architecture and many other areas.

The 20th edition of the European Day of Jewish culture  in Bratislava presents 3 important personalities:

  • Chatam Sofer was an important rabbi of 19th century, a scholar of world´s importance. From 1806 till 1839 he was active in Bratislava and he is buried on the old Jewish cemetery in Bratislava. On today´s nábrežie armádneho generála Ludvíka Svobodu one part of the old ortodox cemetery remained . The grave of Chatam Sofer in the rabbinical circumscription is an important monument and it´s visit enables to become acquinted with  this personality and the era when he was active in Bratislava.
  • Bruno Walter (1876 – 1962) is without doubt one of the greatest, best-known and most influential conductors of the 20th century. For more than 50 years he helped to shape the musical landscape of Europe. Bruno Walter was active also in Bratislava and he will be presented by the exhibition „Bruno Walter and his age“   on the Baroque courtyard of the University Library which will be inaugurated on 3rd September 2019 at 4 p. m. The exhibition will last till the end of September.
  • Eugen Bárkány was a civil engineer who besides his occupation devoted his free time to collecting. His collection of Judaica became the base of the Jewish museum in Prešov. The exhibition under the title „Treasures of the Jewish Museum in Prešov“ on the women´s gallery of Bratislava synagogue in Heydukova street presents 70 unique objects from this collection. It presents  beatiful papercuts as well as other artefacts. The visitors will become acquinted with the history of the synagogue, it´s architecture and the religious life of the Jewish community of Bratislava.

To the European day of Jewish culture belongs  inevitably the visit of the Slovak national museum – Museum of the Jewish culture in Žižkova street. It presents the important moments of the Jewish religious life as well as different periods of the Jew´s history in Slovakia.