Ambassador Schapiro Visits Jihlava

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro meets the children from underprivileged backgrounds at the ERKO club during his trip to Jihlava on September 2, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited Jihlava on September 2, 2015. The program included a discussion with Mayor Rudolf Chloupek and his deputies at the historical Town Hall, a tour of the famous Jihlava Underground, and a working lunch with regional leaders.

Ambassador Schapiro also met with groups of young people and their parents at ERKO club, funded by Caritas Jihlava and headed by Vladislav Hamršmíd. ERKO serves children from underprivileged backgrounds, provides after school programs and helps children enter mainstream schools.

The visit concluded at the Jewish Cemetery where Ambassador Schapiro honored the Jihlava Jews who perished in the Holocaust.