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In Conversation with David Lawson and Karen Pollock on Ostrava and its Jews

Thursday 24th January 19:15 - 20:30 at London - Crouch End

Ostrava and its Jews

 

The story of Ostrava and its Jews encapsulates in a small space (85 square miles) and a short time (ca 150 years) a miniaturised history of Central Europe. It covers industrialisation and massive economic growth, immigration and emigration, intolerance and tolerance, multi-culturalism and nationalism, high culture and social welfare, the Holocaust, communism and the diaspora. The book draws on family histories and eye-witness accounts, many unpublished.

The overarching theme is how, in a short time, immigrants – in this case Jews – transformed a small conservative market town into a vibrant, tolerant, caring, economic and cultural powerhouse; how it was destroyed almost overnight by bigotry and intolerance; and to ask how far the Ostrava story can provide lessons or guidance on 21st century political issues.

Dr David N Lawson

Formerly MD and CEO of chemical and textile companies and later an independent management consultant.
Leader of the Kingston Ostrava Scroll Group.  He has researched the history of Ostrava and its Jews in collaboration with the Jewish Museum in Prague for almost 15 years.  He has written and lectured widely on the topic.

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Education Trust. 

The event is free but RSVP is requested.

London - Crouch End Waterstones, London - Crouch End
Thursday 24th January 19:15 - 20:30

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