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Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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Address: U stareho hrbitova 243/3a | 110 00, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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Permanent exhibition

Children's Drawings from the Terezin Ghetto

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Permanent exhibition

Children's Drawings from the Terezin Ghetto

Located on the first floor, this exhibition focuses on the fate of Jewish children who were incarcerated in the Terezin ghetto during the Second World War. It is based on the now world famous children's drawings that were made in the ghetto between 1942 and 1944 under the supervision of the artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis.

These emotionally powerful drawings bear testimony to the persecution of Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Bohemian lands in 1939-45. They document the transports to Terezin and daily life in the ghetto, as well as the dreams of returning home and of life in the Jewish homeland of Palestine. The vast majority of the children perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The Pinkas Synagogue is part of the Jewish Museum in Prague. The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest preserved synagogue in Prague. Bbuilt in the late Gothic style in 1535, it was founded by Aaron Meshulam Horowitz, a prominent member of the Prague Jewish Community, and probably named after his grandson, Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz. It was originally a place of prayer for the Horowitz family and was located near a ritual bath (mikveh). It was restored to its original form in 1950-54. Memorial to the Bohemian and Moravian Victims of the Shoah In 1955-60 the Pinkas Synagogue was turned into a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Jewish victims of the Shoah from Bohemia and Moravia. One of the earliest memorials of its kind in Europe, it is the work of two painters, Václav Boštík and Jiří John. After the Soviet invasion of 1968, the memorial was closed to the public for more than 20 years. It was fully reconstructed and reopened to the public in 1995 after the fall of the Communist regime.

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This is a very moving synagogue which has the names of 78,000 Czech and Moravian Jewish victims of the holocaust, painted onto the inner walls. The somber atmosphere is helped by... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very moving synagogue which has the names of 78,000 Czech and Moravian Jewish victims of the holocaust, painted onto the inner walls. The somber atmosphere is helped by the sounds of Jewish religious singing. From here you go into the Old Jewish cemetery.

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The Pinkas Synagogue was built in 1535 and is the second oldest synagogue in Prague. In the late 1950’s it was turned into a memorial for the 80,000 Jewish Czech victims of the Holocaust. The names of all the victims have been written on the wall and a speaker continuously reads the names of all the victims (the reading is... More 

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This was my favourite of the synagogues in Prague. It's so moving and makes you think so much about the past history. It's simple and not decorative, however, the 80000 names on the walls and the thought-provoking children's drawings serve a far better purpose than any amount of ornate decoration. Take your time to walk round and see the drawings,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This old synagogue has been transformed into a Holocaust Memorial listing the names of all those murdered by the Nazis. There is also a gallery of children's art from Theresienstadt. Extremely powerful. All well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with the intention of visiting the cemetery, but this synagogue was next door. The names of all the victims in the holocaust are written on the wall. Quite emotional.

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This always brings me to tears to see the thousands of names written on the walls of the Synagogue in memory of those taken and killed in the war. Newborns, teenagers, the elderly, no one was spared. each and every name, date of birth and death recorded.

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This was the first of the Synagogues that we visited in the Jewish Quarter. I didn't know what to expect but I was totally moved from what I saw. To see all those name 80,000 was just amazing and definitely brought a tear to my eyes and was very thought provoking. I am not Jewish but struggle to understand how... More 

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Queues were stretching up the hill onto the street for tickets, but the trick is to go round the corner and buy from one of the other outlets – most recommend the bookshop nearby, but we used the main Jewish Museum information shop (which importantly accepted card payments that the bookshop didn’t). The cheapest ticket you can get includes multiple... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Amazing, albeit small synagogue in Jewish sector of Prague. Make sure to add this to your itinerary. Including historical museum and graveyard...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

The walls of the synagogue are painted with lists of the names of Prague Jewish citizens lost to the Holocaust whilst a narrator reads the names of the lost over the PA system. This is a very moving tribute to a terrible tragic event in history. The adjacent graveyard is a fascinating insight into the ingenious use of limited space.

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Josefov
Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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