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10 Feb 2020 17:00

T.G. Masaryk and the Jewish Question

Czech House Jerusalem in cooperation with the Czech Centre Tel Aviv and the Czech Embassy in Israel cordially invites you to a book presentation of the former Czech Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Milos Pojar, “T. G. Masaryk and the Jewish question”. The book and it's english translation will be presented by the former Czech Ambassador to Israel Mr. Tomáš Pojar. Additionally, honourably guests from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Shlomo Avineri and Professor Alexander Yakobson will join Mr. Tomáš Pojar for the presentation and following discussion.


T. G. Masaryk and the Jewish Question

Miloš Pojar

In this book, Miloš Pojar traces the development and transformation of the opinions about Jews and Judaism of the first Czechoslovak president, T. G. Masaryk. Pojar describes the key events and ideas that shaped Masaryk’s attitudes: his first contacts with the Jewish world as a child, and later as a student; his work as a philosopher and sociologist, through which his thinking on Marxism, social issues, Christianity, and Judaism evolved; and his later, pivotal, experience at the time of the anti-Semitic libel trials against Leopold Hilsner, known as the Hilsner Affair. Pojar also details the period when Masaryk, as president, formulated his position on matters such as the Czech-Jewish movement, the question of assimilation, and Zionism. Featuring an entire chapter on Masaryk’s celebrated 1927 trip to Palestine as well as a series of brief profiles of outstanding Jewish figures that explore both Masaryk’s attitudes to their ideas and their opinions of Masaryk, this book is a compelling personal portrait and a substantial contribution to our understanding of the history of Jews in the Czech lands.


Tomáš Pojar

is a czech diplomat, security analyst and Vice-President of CEVRO Institute. He worked in the the humanitarian organization People in Need. Furthermore he was a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and from 2010 until 2014 he was Ambassador to Israel.


Prof. Shlomo Avineri

is an Israeli political scientist. He is Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. During 1990-92 he was a member of an international team of observers under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute for the first post-communist elections in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Estonia and Croatia as well as other NDI missions to Ukraine, Lithuania, Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Albania and Georgia. In 1996 he was awarded the Israel Prize, the country's highest civilian decoration.

Prof. Alexander Yakobson

is an Israeli historian, professor of Ancient history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalempolitical activist, and commentator. In 1995, Yakobson was appointed assistant professor of History at the University of Haifa through 1997. In 2000, he was appointed as a senior lecturer in history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2011, he was appointed associate professor of Ancient history at the Hebrew University.


When: 10. 2. 2020 at 17:00

Where: Czech House Jerusalem, Hebron Rd.11, Jerusalem

RSVP until 7th February at jerusalem@czech.cz






Hebron rd. 11. 9108402, Jerusalem, Israel


10 Feb 2020 17:00


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