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Normalisation: A Jewish Community as a Mirror of the Mainstream Society

Jewish Museum in Prague – Robert Guttmann Gallery (Židovské muzeum – Galerie Roberta Guttmanna), U Staré školy 3, Praha 1 - Josefov, 110 00

When?

6. 4. 2017 – 28. 1. 2018

The period, after the invasion of Warsaw pact armed into Czechoslovakia was called normalisation by communist ideologs. The society should have return to „normal standards“ and should have built real socialism. The Soviet propaganda claimed that the Prague Spring was a Zionistic conspiracy, while a Zionist was everybody who had some Jewish relatives or who met people with Jewish relatives.

The exhibition presents concrete examples of how State Security (StB) treated Jewish communities. It features different forms of antizionist propaganda and their impact on the society. Parts of normalisation were also destructions of Jewish cemeteries, demolitions of synagogues, liquidation of Jewish Studies and restriction of research and documentation of the holocausts. Everyday activities of Jews is also a part of the exhibition. Most of the unique documents and photographs are exhibited for the first time.

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