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Auschwitz Day in Copenhagen

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen in cooperation with “Huset” cinema in Copenhagen arranged a screening of one documentary of the internationally acclaimed documentary series Forgotten Transports.

The screening took place at the club cinema Husets Biograf in Copenhagen center the evening before the Auschwitz Day 2011 – on 26 January 2011. A number of politicians, diplomats, journalists and people from the general public attended the arrangement.

Husets biograf EN
From the left: Journalist and writer Mette Holm, 1st Vice-President of Danish Parliament Mogens Lykketoft, director and historian Lukáš Přibyl, Estonian Ambassador Meelike Palli, Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka, Czech Consul Barbora Stejskalová, Dan Oryan from the Embassy of Israel and Michala Kristensen from the Czech Embassy

Lukáš Přibyl, the author of the Forgotten Transports project, accepted the invitation to Denmark. He introduced the evening by shortly telling about the whole documentary series whereafter he focused on the film from 2008, which tells the life stories of Czech Jewish women who were transported to Estonia. The choice was obvious because the journey of the women, who survived, led to Denmark and Sweden at the end of the WWII.

After the film, Lukáš Přibyl, educated political scientist and historian, answered knowledgeably numerous questions from the audience. A lively discussion on the film and the author’s precise documentarist method continued in the cinema’s foyer with a glass of Czech beer. The following day, on 27 January 2011, the film was shown for the students of a gymnasium (Københavns Åbne Gymnasium), again with the presence of the director and a discussion.

Husets Biograf - gymnasium
The screening left a big impression on the students

During the stay in Copenhagen, Lukáš Přibyl gave an interview to the Czech Radio and the Danish news agency Ritzau. Under the discussions Lukáš Přibyl showed great enthusiasm together with knowledge and excellent skills of presentation.

The Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka took the opportunity and informed on this occasion about the world premiere of the film Nicky’s Family by the Slovak director Matej Mináč. The film combines both documentary and feature film and develops the story of Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 Czech Jewish children under WWII and many of “his” children cast in the film. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen is considering the possibilities of showing the film in Denmark.