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Workshop • My Uncle Vanished. Where Did He Go, Mr. President?

Czech Philharmonic

The program for children is based on a musical part but also on a spoken word that will be given in Czech language only. The program will not be supplied with English subtitles.

Education programs
Duration of the programme 2 hod
For preschools and schools


“For our pupils, this was one of the first steps in the topic of Czech post-war history. The step was not easy, just like the period when Josef Toufar was living. They appreciated the depth of the story, but they had a hard time dealing with the cruelty of Father Toufar’s fate. One girl asked a very telling question: ‘What was it that he had actually done wrong?’ (…) Maybe the way today’s young people take freedom and rule of law as a matter of course will be a guarantee that they won’t let it be taken from them.”

In this music drama workshop, the pupils and students follow in the footsteps of Josef Toufar (1902–1950), a priest in the village číhošť who was tortured to death by Communist State Security officers. They will consider the meaning of heroism, truth, sacrifice, and the overcoming of obstacles in the life of a person. Through the fates of the people connected with the “Číhošť Miracle”, they will get a picture of events of the 1950s in Czechoslovakia. In the first part, three paths leading to the mystery of the story will open up before the children. In the second part, they will join with musicians and actors and enter into the drama about the last days of Josef Toufar. The script was based on Miloš Doležal’s books As If We Should Die Today and A Step into the Dark Night. The narrative of the story is accompanied by projections of period photographs. After the second part of the performance, there is an opportunity for students’ questions and comments.


Jana Franková
author and director

Slavomír Hořínka

Jakub Grec
artistic design of the educational materials

 Featuring members of the Czech Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic Academy, members of the Disman Radio Children’s Ensemble (artistic director Jana Franková), Jan Hnilička, or Slavomír Hořínka.

Photo illustrating the event Workshop My Uncle Vanished. Where Did He Go, Mr. President?

Rudolfinum — Rudolfinum

13 Dec 2019  Friday 10.00am
17 Jan 2020  Friday 10.00am
26 Mar 2020  Thursday 10.00am
4 Jun 2020  Thursday 10.00am

Group bookings for schools and preschools at  from 1st June.

Group bookings for schools and preschools at  from 1st June.

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