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The Czech Center Museum Houston is a 501(c)3 non-profit education and cultural arts organization in Houston, Texas. Although our primary focus is Czech-Slovak heritage, we also try to serve as a catalyst for discussion of anyone's heritage. Additionally, our Museum building is built in the style of a beautiful Baroque Palace, outfitted for events of almost any kind. As an organization we are seventeen years old, and are proud to be a part of Houston's eighteen fine museums in the Museum District.

Thank you for making Vedem unique

What a wonderful evening we had at the Czech Center Museum Houston on October 6th.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this joyous occasion in introducing the Vedem Exhibit and to our important guests  who traveled from out of town to be honored for their heroic efforts. Thank you to Andrew Feustal and his wife for taking part in the ceremony of handing off a copy of Petr Ginz’s drawing to be taken up to space by Dr. Feustel himself next year.

Two Holocaust survivors Chaja Verveer & Ben Wasserman from the Terezin Concentration Camp were able to attend and help tell their amazing story of hardship and determination during WWII.

Thank you to Sally Miller as well as the CCMH Board of Directors, who brought this exhibit to the museum and made this unique event possible. Thank you to the volunteers who helped set up for this occasion and have dedicated their time and effort into making this exhibit extra special for the museum.

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Thank you very much everyone!

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Learn more about the Secret Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto “Vedem”

August 14 through November 30, 2017
Pilsen Hall

Vedem, a multimedia art exhibition, deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest running magazine in any Nazi camp.

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Come visit the the Vedem Exhibit at the Czech Center Museum.

On view: September 12th, 2017  to November 30th, 2017

 

Vedem’s magazine’s lessons of artistic activism will inspire today’s teens! It’s a chance to use creative means to explore their identity while driving change in their own communities.

Vedem Underground : The Secret Boys Magazine deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in the Terezin Ghetto, the exhibit breaks down the 83 weekly issues totaling the 800 pages of Vedem (“In The Lead” in Czech”), then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.

Through the exhibit, Vedem, which was produced from 1942-44, is recreated as the original ‘zine (hand made magazine), complete with “Masthead,” “Mission,” “Newsroom,” “Printing Press” and “Circulation” sections as well as panels dedicated to subject matter such as “Columns,” “Features,” “Humor” and “News and Editorial” panels.

Vedem Underground enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose to create a collage in which Vedem is reinterpreted as a work of artistic activism that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago.

The Vedem Underground multimedia project examines the historic, cultural and artistic legacy of Vedem, a teen-authored magazine that was the only underground publication to be regularly produced by young Nazi concentration camp prisoners.

Vedem Underground teaches an invaluable lesson that transcends religion, age and eras to secondary-school and college students. Students are able to see how young activists inside the Terezin ghetto fearlessly fought anti-Semitism using their creative expression.

 FREE WORKSHOPS & CLASSES AVAILABLE!

Students participate in journalism workshop that concludes with student creations of hand-made magazines (‘zines).

The workshop is designed to teach middle- through college students both the historic context of Vedem and the art of creating a ‘zine, or hand- made magazine, as a symbol of creative expression, and a way to explore one’s identity through socially-engaged creativity.

They will conclude the course showcasing their work for the community with a ‘zine pop-up exhibit, where they will share ideas and trade their ‘zines.

FOR MORE INFO CALL 713-528-2060 or email development@czechcenter.org

 

Docent Training for Vedem Exhibit

The Czech Center Museum Houston offers a special Workshop for new Docents who want to learn more about the WWII, especially the Concentration Camp Terezin and wish to become a docent for our upcoming exhibit Vedem Underground.

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Available dates:

Monday, July 24th, 2017

                                                  (10.00AM to 12.00PM)

or

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

                                                  (10.00AM to 12.00PM)

Please contact

development@czechcenter.org

or

7135282060

to RSVP

Do you love culture, arts and history then become a docent at the Czech Center Museum Houston

The Czech Center Museum Houston is an elegant, small museum focusing on the education of Slavic culture. If you care for culture, heritage, art and history, share your passion with visitors from all over the world. Become a Czech Center Museum Houston Docent! No previous experience required, just a passion for history, art and interest in meeting international visitors. For information on becoming a CCMH Docent, contact us at development@czechcenter.org

Proud to welcome the Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States

 

The Czech Center Museum Houston was proud to welcome the Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States and Houston

His Excellency Hynek Kmonicek and Mrs. Indira Gumarova Kmonicek

as well as

Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic to the State of Texas Brian and Mrs. Joan Vanicek on the opening of the Texas Czech Consul’s office at the Czech Center Museum Houston.

We would like to thank everybody who joined the reception at the CCMH to honor this auspicious occasion and would like to retain those wonderful memories with the photo-stream below .

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Photo credit: Czech Center Museum Houston, Eva-Maria Campo, Dr. Glenn Sternes

 

We would like to thank everyone and NA ZDRAVI!!!

 

We would like to thank Mr. Vanicek for this honor to welcome the Czech ambassador to Houston and thank Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen and her family to volunteering their time and services as well as Mr. Charles Waligura, Mrs. Jean Rayhill, Dr. Sally Miller, Virginia Stoner, Juana Wilson, Eva-Maria Campo and Dr. Glenn Sternes.

We would also like to thank for the delicious food prepared by Pavla Van Bibber from the Austin Escoffier school of culinary arts and the wine from the vineyard Majek as well as Zack Chromy for the great slivovice. We also would like to thank our wonderful musicians Carolyn Beseda (piano), Danny Zapletal (accordion, trumpet) and David Slovak (accordion) who made this event joyful and unique.