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EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE

Every year the first Sunday in September is devoted to the events of the European Day of Jewish Culture. The goal of this event is the presentation of Jewish cultural heritage to the broader public. The synagogue on Heydukova Street together with the exhibition of the Jewish Community Museum in Bratislava will be open on the 2nd of September. The integral part of the exposition is the exhibition of Engineer Eugen Bárkány, designer and builder, who has saved scarce artifacts of the Jewish community.

The Memorial of Chatam Sofer remembers a famous rabbi, who served in Bratislava. The Memorial was created in the rabbinical quarter that was preserved from the destruction of the old orthodox cemetery, where Chatam Sofer is buried. The Museum of Jewish Culture of the Slovak National Museum is the third monument, which presents to the general public artifacts of the spiritual and material culture as well as holocaust with the focus of the whole Slovakia.

As a part of the European Day of Jewish Culture there will be a vernissage on the 4th of September, an exhibition under the name Paint on, what do you see! The vernissage will take place at the Baroque Patio of University Library in Bratislava. It will present drawings and paintings of a small Jewish girl Helga Hošková – Weissová, who was twelve-year-old in 1941 when deported to the concentration camp Terezín.

She suffered in further concentration camps in Auschwitz, Freiburg and Mauthausen. The visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the course of the events in the concentration camps throughout the exhibition. An exhibition of the drawings and paintings of a child who survived.

After the WWII Helga Hošková – Weissová studied monumental painting. In the year 1993 she was awarded honorary doctorate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She has exhibited in Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy and USA. Monograph on drawings from Terezín were published. The author lives in Czech Republic.

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