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Roma and Sinti in the Czech Lands in the First Half of the 20th Century


27 May 2021, 6:00pm





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“He wants to live like a man. He wants a job and is willing to work hard.”

In May 1945, at the end of the Second World War, Josef R., a Roma whose wife, three children and many more relatives perished in the concentration camps, returned to his home in a small village in South Bohemia. He tried to return to his previous life: to work to become a member of the almost exclusively Czech rural community. But soon, he received an eviction ruling from his municipality – just as he did before the war.

Photo of Pavel Baloun

Our guest speaker Pavel Baloun joins us from the Faculty of Humanities at the Charles University in Prague. He will focus in on Josef’s story, and highlight the manifold Romani histories in the Czech lands before, during, and after the Holocaust.

This free event is part of our online series in the theme of Archives, Collections and Material Memory.

  • This event will be held on Zoom – please ensure you have downloaded it beforehand.
  • We will be recording this talk, and the recording will be sent to everyone registered after the event, so don’t worry if you can’t join us live.
  • It will be at 6pm BST, UK time; please check the time difference appropriate to where you are if joining us from a different timezone.

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