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The Schaleks – a Central European family

Europe: Remembrance and New Starts Deutsches Kulturforum östliches Europa

The German-speaking Schalek family, of Jewish background and originating from Prague, had a number of members who were interesting from a cultural and historical perspective. The Viennese journalist Alice Schalek was a well-known front line reporter in the First World War. Robert Schalek acted as judge in Leitmeritz/Litoměřice in the famous trial of the clairvoyant Hanussen. Malva Schalek’s drawings from the ghetto of Theresienstadt/Terezín are among the most significant artistic documents of the Holocaust. Her niece Lisa Fittko was an important agent helping refugees to escape in Southern France, not just Walter Benjamin. Robert’s son Fritz Schalek was a resistance fighter against the National Socialists who fled to England and after 1945 became one of the activists for the German minority in Czechoslovakia. Through these biographies a hundred years of history can be traced.

This has been done in the context of the German-Czech travelling exhibition "The Schaleks – a Central European family" by Ralf Pasch in cooperation with the Collegium Bohemicum, Aussig/Ústí n. L., and the Consultant for Cultural Affairs for the Bohemian Lands at the Adalbert Stifter Association, Munich.