Prague's Jewish Quarter

Trip Start Jan 2008
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Trip End May 2008


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Sunday, March 2, 2008

The next day we decided to walk around the smaller shopping streets of Prague and pick up some souvenirs. We walked around the small city streets of Prague admiring its beautiful buildings. We made our way to the Jewish Quarter and decided to buy tickets to go inside its many synagogues. The Jewish Museum was originally meant by Hitler to be the "Museum to the Extinct Race" where Jewish artifacts where to be kept. After WW2 the museum was given to the Council of Jewish Communities and still exists today and one can go inside and view many artifacts. The Chevra Chadisha is the entrance to the old Jewish cemetery it holds many pictures made by children in the concentration camps during WW2. Next I proceeded into the Jewish cemetery itself where 200,000 people are buried. It is a fascinating and slightly gruesome site for there you can see that it was truly bodies buried on top of bodies for there are 200,000 people and only 12,000 tomb stones. We then went into the Staranova Synagogue or The Old-New Synagogue it was the first synagogue in existence in Prague and the originally floor still exists yet it was re-built due to flooding within the city. This synagogue mostly holds religious objects. Pinkas Synagogue holds the names of many Czech Jewish families killed in WW2, Alban a family name of mine, is listed among them and I was able to find it within the building. We went into the Klausen Synagogue which also had many Hebrew manuscripts. We ran out of time to enter the Spanish Synagogue which was disappointing for it was so beautiful and different looking from the outside. We then headed back and got our things together to head back to London. Though it felt nice to be coming back I loved Prague and felt if possible I would have spent more time there to get to know the city.
 
Love to all my friends and family <3            
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frdmgarcia
frdmgarcia on

Family
Thank you for taking the time to explore some of the family history. Unfortunately it is not always good memories, but it is a very important part of who we are.
Be well and our love,
Mom and Dad

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