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Building Hitler’s Empire

27th October 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Premiere of Mirek Gosney’s documentary ‘Building Hitler’s Empire’.

The Nazis forced millions of Europeans to serve their war machine. Mirek’s great-grandfather was among them. This is the story of the forgotten.

Mirek draws upon family history and his maternal Czech roots, starting with a musty box of old photographs from his grandmother’s cellar. Last summer he and his brother, Miloš, visited the German town where their great-grandfather was sent to work in a garage. Through a combination of photographs, postcards, Czech and German archives and interviews with former workers’ families, Mirek created a three-part mini-series.

Following the screening, Dr Jakub Beneš will chair a discussion with Mirek and any questions from the audience.

Dr Beneš is an Associate Professor in Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He shares a personal family connection to Nazi forced labour. “My grandfather was one of those who ended up in Berlin, part of a forced labour contingent cleaning up rubble after bombing raids. His health never recovered.”

Book tickets via the Eventbrite link below. They include a voluntary donation to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, organised by the British Red Cross.


27th October 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Czech Embassy


Czech Embassy cinema
26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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