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Lecture: Kafka's Magic Prague

Date: 23 October 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Venue: Czech Embassy

On October 23, at 6:30 pm, Czech Cultural Attaché Robert Řehák will give the lecture KAFKA´S MAGIC PRAGUE at the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

About the lecture: Prague is a magical city with a vibrant history spanning more than one thousand years of coexistence among Czechs, Germans, and Jews. Through his lecture, Řehák will explore this majestic city through its many legends, including Rabbi Loew’s (also known as the Maharal) story of the Prague Golem, a creature made out of clay that protected the Prague Jews from anti-Semitic attacks (pogroms). Řehák will delve into the origins of the city and Emperor Charles IV. The stories paint a backdrop into the unique history that created a base for Franz Kafka´s writings. Savor these legends that unfold deeper meanings in the heart of Europe.

About the lecturer: Dr. Robert Rehak is Cultural Attaché at the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC, and a published scholar of biblical history and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is proficient in five languages (Czech, Hebrew, English, German, and Russian). He studied in Prague (Czech Republic), Heidelberg (Germany), and Jerusalem (Israel) and holds an M.A. and a doctorate. For many years, he has lectured at Charles University and New York University in Prague and led the Society of Christians and Jews in the Czech Republic as its President. Before coming to DC, he served as Cultural Attaché at the Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv (Israel).

Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-kafkas-magic-prague-tickets-12602379055

Please note: Programs at the Embassy of the Czech Republic are open to the public. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning 30 minutes before each cultural event. Please note that guests arriving late will only be allowed entry during a break or intermission in the program.

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