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Date(s) - 09/23/2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

University of Minnesota Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain


So many lives were cut short by the Holocaust, many with no trace to leave behind for future generations to remember. In his book Vendulka: Flight to Freedom, Czech journalist Ondřej Kundra tells the story of a single scrap of remembrance, a candid photograph by the renowned Czechoslovak photographer Jan Lukas taken in the midst of this unspeakable tragedy, and that artifact’s amazing aftermath. The subject of the photograph is a young Czech Jew, Vendulka Vogl. Vogl’s moving story, Kundra’s sharp and engaging writing, and Lukas’s striking photography make Vendulka an inspiring investigation into the horrors of totalitarianism and the beauty of friendship.

Ondřej Kundra works at Respekt Weekly, a prominent, Czech magazine, as a deputy managing editor. In his texts, he focuses on corruption, Russian and China espionage and aggression. He was awarded the Novinářská křepelka award for his work. He also cooperates with international investigative team Bellingcat.