Prague Shared and Divided challenges the commonly held view of Prague as a city of a single nation. Prague is shown as a city shared by Czech- and German-speaking people whose fragile identities were not defined by space only, but rather by their language, the time they lived in, the political context, by prejudice and stereotypes.
Such moveable everyday boundaries of shared and divided identities, which became more visible and of consequence during the time of World War II and the Holocaust, can be traced on our memory map and discovered during our guided tours through the city. Prague did not, however, become a static homogeneous place after World War II. After the expulsion of Germans, new inhabitants came here, including many Slovak Roma.
The project is an open platform comprising contributions from experts from various fields, secondary school and university students from both the Czech Republic and abroad. Based on interviews with eyewitnesses, archive research of texts and audiovisual materials, we created a historical mosaic of a multicultural city. Thanks to our partner organisations abroad, the Vienna Project in Vienna, Rejs e.V. in Berlin, Adalbert Stifter Verein e.V. in Munich, Nadácia Milana Šimečku in Bratislava and Stowarzyszenie „Pracownia Etnograficzna” in Warsaw, the project acquires a broader context of historical memories of cities.
We are very grateful to Robert and Marcia Popper (San Francisco) for their financial support of the Prague Shared and Divided program. Their generous donation will allow us to continue our educational activities against racism and prejudice facing minorities in the Czech Republic through connecting intercultural history with the present. Amongst our future planned activities are guided walks and workshops for Czech students on the city’s reception of refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, and parallels with the situation of refugees today.
Robert and Marcia Popper’s donation is in remembrance of the many members of the Popper and Lustig extended families, residents of Bohumín, Slaný, and Brno, and all the people who were killed during the Holocaust.