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Thursday, 31 December 2020 21:06

MEMORIAL OF SILENCE

The Government of the Czech Republic has discussed the establishment of a new public-benefit organisation the MEMORIAL OF SILENCE.

After eight years of monumental effort, Bubny railway station has received a new hope for transforming into a place of memory.

Thank you for your support, and keep your fingers crossed.

Pavel Štingl

Thursday, 10 December 2020 10:34

The Light of Hope - 10.12.2020, 17:00

02chanuka foto cudlin0002The light of hope was lit on the 10th of December 2020 in front of the sculpture of a boat which serves as a reminder of the tragedy of Patria.

The first Hanukkah candle was lit by the Prague rabbi David Peter accompanied by the prayer of the chief rabbi Karol Sidon on the Bubny railway station.

Among the speakers was also Israeli ambassador Daniel Meron. He noted that on this important day his country celebrates not only one of the festivals of Jewish tradition but also the arrival of first round of vaccination against coronavirus to the Holy Land. Vaccination which should also soon arrive to the Czech Republic.

Happy Hanukkah, peaceful Christmas and hopeful New Year to all!

The Memorial of Silence

 

Sunday, 22 November 2020 19:56

Remembering the Patria - 80th aniversary - 25.11.2020, 15:00 Bubny station

Patria-25.11-ENThe history of the Ship Patria is one of the big stories of the 20th century.

On the 25th of November it will be 80 years since the ship Patria has sunk after a powerful explosion in the port of Haifa. At the time of explosion there has been almost 2000 Jewish refugees from the occupied Europe on board of Patria. The explosion has been caused by some of the refugees themselves so that all passengers could – in accord with the British laws – enter the land. The explosion however led to the rapid sinking of the ship and almost 270 of the refugees on board has died in the Patria disaster.

Saturday, 17 October 2020 10:58

Current Situation

Due to the restrictions caused by the epidemiological situation, the Memorial of Silence is temporarily closing its indoor exhibits. In September, the exhibits were opened in the attic of the railway station building, a space accessible to the public for the very first time. We are planning to reopen these exhibits as soon as it is possible.

Friday, 16 October 2020 17:00

Sixth Annual Drumming for Bubny

L1020655The Drumming for Bubny is an event that represents breaking the silence of passive observation. The date is symbolic - the sad anniversary of the first Jewish transport which left Bubny train station in 1941.

During the first Drumming event in 2015, almost one thousand drummers came together despite the heavy rain. Every year after that, the Drumming has been supported by hundreds of people. This year, due to the epidemiological situation, all the drummers were represented by just one man: Jaroslav Kořán. Immediately afterward, a concert by the Bennewitz Quartet was performed in the main hall of the train station and transmitted by Czech public TV ČT art.

The musical program was selected as a tribute to people whose departure meant a tragic end to Prague's Czech-Jewish-German intercultural balance of interwar Czechoslovakia.

Saturday, 10 October 2020 10:00

A Guided Walk Through Holešovice and Bubny, Led By Architect Zdeněk Lukeš

IMG 4798Despite the bad weather, the morning walk took place with the maximum number of allowed participants (twenty).

Many other people have already expressed interest in these stories of the Holešovice houses and their Jewish architects, so we hope to repeat this walk after the loosening of epidemiological restrictions.

Tuesday, 06 October 2020 17:00

Exhibition "The Layers of City's Memory - The Transiency"

This was our strangest exhibit opening - completely without visitors. They did not come because we asked them not to come. Before this, we have never sent out invitations saying "The exhibition will be captivating and mystical - but please don't come!" The exhibition opened with a concert by Martin Janíček, the author of one of the "transient sculptures", and Filip Jakš.

"The Layers of City's Memory - The Transiency" is an open-air exhibition along the tracks and train station platform, thus accessible even during the covid restriction period. The alley of sculptures was installed originally in 2017 and it was the most significant intervention of the Monument of Silence in Prague's famous brownfield. Various artifacts of transient nature freely reflect the war story of the Bubny train station and its people. Photos were added that capture the disintegration of the art objects.

Participating authors: Karel Cudlín, Lenka Hájek Kristiánová, Jamming, Martin Janíček, Kryštof Kaplan, Daniel Pešta, Nadia Rovderová, Matěj Stránský.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 18:00

Images and Voices of Bubny

We have opened the Fall season with a multitude of photo exhibits installed in the attic of the train station building. On display are: "Latent Pictures of Terezín" by Richard Homola and "Babí Jar" by Karel Cudlín. Also, the Polish Institute has loaned us a new traveling exhibition "Passports for Life" plus a series of comic stories titled "Together in Bubbles".

The exhibition also includes enlarged photographs of the Jewish transports to the Bubny train station and the life in Terezín (newly discovered in the archives of Jaroslav Čvančara and Milan Weiner). These are rare and unique photographs which fill in the gap of real life photographs regarding transports and Terezín. We are preparing a solo exhibition of these for the next season.
The exhibition was opened by a concert by the group Choroš.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:29

Remembering BIIb Tuesday 14th July 2020

Concert for the Theresienstadt family concentration camp

The first wave of genocide in the so called Theresienstadt family camp BIIb in Birkenau on the night of 8th to 9th March 1944, marked the end of the false hope given to Jewish families who were being deported there since September 1943. The rest of the families were then murdered and the camp closed down between 10th and 12th July 1944.

Due to the coronavirus pandemics, the concert planned for the March anniversary this year was cancelled. In its stead, The Bubny Memorial of Silence has prepared a remembrance event for the anniversary of the second wave of liquidation.

Tuesday 14th July 2020
17:30h : We will begin with a prelude at the former Radiotrh, the meeting point for Jewish transports (by the commemorative plaque next to Mama Shelter Prague hotel)

18:00h : We will walk together to The Great Hall of Veletržní Palace where you can also see the exhibition of Jan Lukas photos with texts from Ondrej Kundra „The second life of Vendulka V".

18:30h : The Bennewitz quartet concert

Free entry

 

Monday, 01 October 2018 09:56

DRUMMING FOR BUBNY / 16 October 17:00

This year, fall is full of anniversaries. At Bubny Station, we will again gather to commemorate the anniversary of the first Jewish transport to leave Prague during the Protectorate.
As in previous years, we will attempt a different form of remembrance by organizing a public happening aimed at arousing the silent majority
and the silence of the largest sleeping brownfield in Prague
and the silence of the stories of the 20th century.

The silent majority was and will continue to shape events that should never have happened and should never be repeated... Passive and yet timeless. And so this year we will again drum against silence and against looking away from the dangerous social phenomena happening all around us:
Throughout the fall of 2018, we will be discussing expressions of neo-Nazi ideology at football stadiums.
On 16 October, the exhibition panels planned for the exhibition Football in a Century of Fouls will be exhibited at Bubny Station before they are installed in public spaces on Letná and the streets of Holešovice, where they will actively communicate with the public on the memory of places and on the invisible dramas playing out behind the city's facade.

Joining us to discuss how contemporary xenophobia relates to the events of the war will be Zuzana Kronerová. The event will be moderated by Anna Polívková.

After the many stars from the world of drumming who have joined us in the past, this year's Drumming for Bubny will feature THE RADEK BŘICHÁČ SAMBA BAND from Říčany under the direction of Miloš Vacík. This year's event partner is the Nature School (Gymnázium Přírodní škola).

The motto of this year's Drumming for Bubny is "Students for Students"
... because work is starting on Bubny Station's renovation (!), and the entire Memorial of Silence project is dedicated to them. The authors of the memorial's design are firmly convinced that the school's students can look forward to the project's completion in two years – before many of them will graduate. And we believe in and hope for and need your support – even if it's just to join us to the rhythm of the drums.

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 17:55

Spring Program in Memorial of Silence

In our public radio debates broadcast from Bubny, we would like to focus this year on another of the grand topics of the future emorial of Silence: PROPAGANDA, CAMPAIGN VERSUS ANTI-CAMPAIGN The year 2018 marks the centenary of the founding of an independent Czechoslovakia, and will also be a crucial year for plans to redevelop Bubny Station into a MEMORIAL OF SILENCE. The final project preparations will culminate in the handover of the station building for redevelopment. You can find the entire program here.

Vizualizace

Visualization of the future structure of Memorial of Silence.

Friday, 20 October 2017 11:13

First reactions to Drumming for Bubny 2017

There was a great turnout for the naming of Sir Nicholas Winton Street, which was attended by supporters of the Memorial of Silence, honourable guests, survivors of the events of the war at Bubny Railway Station from the Terezin Initiative, several of "Winton's Children" and even Winton's grandchildren, i.e., descendants of the children who were rescued on the so-called kindertransports.
The Mayor of Prague 7 drummed to the unveiling of a living street (the street sign) accompanied by children from Syria from families of asylum seekers settled here in Prague today.


Photos by Bára Lockefeer and Karel Cudlín

Monday, 09 October 2017 22:34

Debate on Czech Radio Plus: “It's not true that the worst has already happened”

The commemoration of the anniversary of the first transport to leave Prague will open this year with a public debate broadcaPlus český rozhlas logost live across the airwaves from the hall of Bubny Station – tune in to Czech Radio Plus on 16 October at 4.10 p.m.

The title of the discussion "It's not true that the worst has already happened" is one of the key mottos for the theme of the memorial's future permanent exhibition. Confirmed guest speakers are: Václav Bělohradský, Eduard Stehlík, Helena Třeštíková, Eva Erbenová and Jaroslav Róna.
For more information on the debate visit Bubny Station.

Sunday, 08 October 2017 21:16

Buy Drums in Support of the Memorial

A project was established for enthusiastic visitors to Drumming for Bubny 2017 at Hithit Portal!

As part of the Hithit project, we have several interesting bonuses for you:Hithit logo

  • a special edition of drums signed by Sir Nicholas Winton
  • bonus tickets for the Slet bubeníků/Gathering of Drummers concert in Electra Hall, palác ORCO following this year's Drumming
  • free entry to the guided tour of the exhibition on the redevelopment of Bubny Station
  • last but not least, various publications that you won't get in bookstores

    And many more bonuses to come!

Monday, 18 September 2017 10:12

Drumming for Bubny is coming soon


The previous events and forthcoming rich program at Bubny station and its surroundings is primarily the build-up to DRUMMING FOR BUBNY 2017 on 16 October. This year's public happening against the passivity of the majority who watched on in silence will
take on even greater momentum with the participation of Slet bubeníků/Gathering of Drummers, led by Pavel Fajt. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Ticketpro.


The launching ceremony of a new radio station, BUBNY STATION, opened a new dialogue from the place of memory. This will be broadcast over the airwaves on radio, the internet and social networks, as well as directly from the stages close to the train station.

The launching ceremony on the evening of 21 September was attended by honorable guests such as writer Jiří Stránský, Vladimír 518, Šimon Ornest and others. You can find a summary of their comments on the relativity of political promises on the czech version of our website Stanice Bubny and on social networks too.

Don't forget to support the Memorial by purchasing one or more drums through our new project on Hithit!

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 10:06

The new LAYERS OF MEMORY gallery

23 June 2017

The new Layers of Memory gallery commenced its artistic intervention into the Bubny Station brownfield site.
The first painting was created by the Jamming group of artists on a ten-meter-long canvas. This collaboration by talented artists afflicted by mental handicaps and professional painters afflicted by an academic education is a reminder of the face of the past of this place of memory.
The unveiling ceremony took place on Sunday, 25 June shortly after 7 p.m.