321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor

New York City, NY 10021

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Murderer by Vocation

film 15 August, 2018 - 7:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


A special screening of a Czech docudrama offering insight into the disquietingly unconflicted mind of a man who built his career on rationalizing mass killings. As a collaborator of Stalin's secret police, Karel Vas oversaw the butchery of more than 1,000 German civilians. As a judge in the infamous show trials after the 1948 communist coup in Czechoslovakia, he dispensed death sentences to opponents of the regime based on fabricated evidence. While his actions caused many deaths he lived to be 97. He was the cruelest communist killer ever to speak on camera about his career.


Murderer by Vocation, 2014, runtime: 52 min. In English.


The filmmaker and historian Pavel Palecek will be present to introduce his film. Palecek (b.1977) earned his Ph.D. in modern history and studied at the University of Vienna, Columbia University of New York and Masaryk University in Brno. He is the author of five history books and several award-winning documentaries on World War II and Cold War history. He is also a founder of the Cold War Museum "10-Z Bunker" in Brno. 



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 1st Floor

New York, NY 10021 


Free and open to the public. Suggested donation $5. Seats are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. RSVP via email to newyork@svu2000.org.


This event is organized by Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) in New York with support by BBLA, in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General