Book presentation: 'Gegen den Strom' ('Against the Tide') (in German language)

21.03.2018, 18:30 - , 21:30 Uhr

On 21 March 2018, 06:30 p.m., the autobiography by the 96 year-old Slovakian Mauthausen survivor and internationally-renowned film critic Pavel Branko will be presented at the Admiral Kino in Vienna in the presence of the author.

Book presentation: 'Gegen den Strom' ('Against the Tide') (in German language)
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Pavel Branko was born in 1921 as Pavel Haas to a Russian mother and a Slovakian Jewish father on board a ship near Trieste. He spent his childhood in Hačava, a small town in central Slovakia, and moved to Bratislava to attend secondary school. As a young man his was enthusiastic about left-wing ideals and joined the Communist Party. He was active in the resistance against the fascist Slovakian state, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment and, shortly before the end of the war, he was interned in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

After the Communist takeover of power in Slovakia in 1948, Pavel Branko became disillusioned by the Party’s politics and resigned his membership. Until 1956 he worked as a translator and film critic; at the time of cultural liberalisation in Czechoslovakia he was an editor on the well-known journal Film a divadlo (Film and Theatre). During 'normalisation' in the 1970s and 1980s, he was blacklisted and banned from publishing.

In 2007 he received the Sinko v sieti (Sun in the Net) Award of the Slovakian Film and Television Academy for his life’s work. In 2015 he was awarded the Pribina Cross Second Class by the Slovakian president. His memoirs are testament to a life full of ups and downs that was and is shaped by conflict with those in power. As a freethinking person with a critical mind, he has always swum against the tide.

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On 21 March 2018, 06:30 p.m., Pavel Branko will attend the presentation of his autobiography, which is the second volume in the series 'Mauthausen-Erinnerungen', at the Admiral Kino in Vienna. The presentation features the author in conversation and a reading by Cornelius Obonya, and will be followed by a screening of the film A Hero of our Time (dir: Zuzana Piussi, Slovakia 2009).

Free admission.

Due to limited seating capacity, registration is required.


The Mauthausen Memorial with generous support from the Admiral Kino and the new academic press


Admiral Kino, Burggasse 119, 1070 Vienna


Bundesanstalt KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen / Mauthausen Memorial
Minoritenplatz 9
1010 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 53126-3708

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