December 4, 2015 Global Refugees Are Subject of Dec. 14 Program at the Library of Congress

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The Library’s European Division and its Hebrew Language Table will host a program titled “Global Refugees: The Case of Jews and Greeks in 20th-Century Czechoslovakia” at noon on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The program, which is presented in association with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited.

Presentations will be made by Michal Frankl and Katerina Kralova, who are currently fellows at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Journalist Amy Kaslow will introduce the speakers.

Frankl is head of Jewish studies and history of anti-semitism research at the Prague Jewish Museum in the Czech Republic. He received his doctorate degree from Charles University in Prague. He will discuss Czechoslovakia’s pre-WWII refugees, put in motion by sealed borders, anti-semitic refugee policies and anti-Jewish revisions of citizenship.

Kralova is assistant professor of contemporary history on the faculty of social science at Charles University in Prague. She will discuss post-WWII Greek refugees in Czechoslovakia.

Kaslow’s articles over the past three decades have conveyed the stories and portraits of lives disrupted by war. She is a White House appointee to the governing board of the USHMM, where she chairs the Collections and Acquisitions Committee.

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PR 15-213
ISSN 0731-3527