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Evenings with Reporters: On Children Who Grew Up Without Warning

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: April 26, 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

How do children perceive war? And what role do they play in propaganda? The Polish reporter Magdalena Grzebałkowska will introduce the new Czech translation of her book Wojenka (The Little War), focused on the stories of people who experienced WWII as children.

These include the children of Spanish Communists in the USSR, Nazis, Poles deported to Siberia and Japanese people in the US after Pearl Harbor. The recollections of those who were there show war from a slightly different perspective and also how children became the victims of various ideological campaigns. The second guest of the evening will be Voxpot reporter Eva Čeplová, who will present an issue activists and lawyers are striving to highlight – Ukrainian children taken away from the war zone to Russia and their “re-education” and presentation in the Russian media.

Polish reporter and writer Magdalena Grzebałkowska graduated in history at the University of Gdansk. She has written works of historical reportage from the WWII period. Her book Wojenka: O dzieciach, które dorosły bez ostrzeżenia (The Little War: On Children Who Grew Up Without Warning) was issued in Czech last year in a translation by Jarmila Horáková on the Absynt imprint.

Eva Čeplová is a reporter and editor with Voxpot. She took East European Studies at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts and did study stays in Moscow and Ivano-Frankivsk. She worked at the analysis and planning department at Czech Television.

The discussion will be held in Polish and Czech with simultaneous interpretation into both languages.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Prague.


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