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 for their support.

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.

Discover Prague’s multicultural history with us!

Discover Prague’s multicultural history on our interactive online map. Eyewitnesses, writers, historians and anthropologists have prepared for you texts, archival and artistic photography as well as short videos which will take you to places where events of “great history” took place and where the people of Prague lived their everyday lives. You will learn how locals, newcomers or refugees identified themselves in terms of language, ethnicity and religion; where various clubs, associations and cultural institutions were located and how all this was disrupted by the Second World War and the Holocaust. The map will lead you through cafés, cinemas, churches, synagogues and houses and will show you how these places have changed in time.

Colleagues from our partner organisation Stowarzyszenie „Pracownia Etnograficzna” will introduce the city of Warsaw, looking at it from a similar perspective.

We have already launched a Czech and a Polish version of the map and are working on other languages and on adding new topics, eras, places and information.

The content of this website does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed here lies entirely with the authors.

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