Synagogue of Cesky Krumlov

Synagogue of Cesky Krumlov

Synagogue of Cesky Krumlov
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Sharon M
Abingdon, MD4,264 contributions
Walk to it
Nov 2019
This synagogue is a short walk from the main square. We were disappointed to find that it was not open when we visited. It is rather plain on the outside but if you walk around it, you can find some information about the Jewish life in the area at one time.
Written December 7, 2019
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betteskid
Boston, MA921 contributions
Very simple synagogue with interesting exhibits
Aug 2019
We visited this synagogue during our recent stop in Cesky Krumlov. The synagogue is small and on the day we were there had a very interesting special exhibit with photographs of Jews and Arabs taken in Israel. Another room detailed the history of the Jewish community in the town and was also interesting. If you are particularly interested in Jewish history, it is worth walking over to this synagogue, located a few streets away from the main part of the old town.
Written October 24, 2019
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eddickson2
Ajax, Canada112 contributions
Lovely Little Synagogue
Apr 2019 • Couples
We came across this little Synagogue as we wandered about and were very impressed with it. Well worth seeing.
Written May 20, 2019
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,544 contributions
Haunting. And a worthy pilgrimage.
Sep 2018
Across a bridge over a rushing river and a short pretty walk from the ever so charming town center, you will find a well preserved synagogue commemorating the area’s vanished Jewish Community. An excellent and informative exhibit of the community’s long history, including photos of notables and the synagogue as it was until the Nazi era beginning in 1938, a changing art exhibit, and a small cafe keep their memory alive.

Unlike many small towns in Central Europe whose once thriving Jewish communities vanished into the extermination camps of the Holocaust, Cesky Krumlov’s lives on through the exhibit and the memorial synagogue. Very sad, tragic and haunting, but through it, they have not vanished to the mists of time.

The door was locked when I arrived, but the helpful cafe server let me in.

It is easy to gloss over the community’s story, but take a few minutes to absorb it; their origin and their end. And look deeply into the faces. They were people. They lived and they died.
Written January 13, 2019
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Beatriz M
Vienna, Austria212 contributions
Surprised big one!
Dec 2018 • Friends
It looks a a church and not a small one...it has a nice garden surrounding it but the cafe was closed, unfortunately
Written December 10, 2018
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,639 contributions
No longer a synagogue
Sep 2018 • Couples
This building is across the river, away from the historic centre of Cesky Krumlov. It is not usually open, but you are supposed to be able to get the key from the adjacent cafe, when it is open. This part of the town is not that interesting, but we had a pleasant walk along this side of the river through the park.
Written October 4, 2018
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Greenlakereener
Vancouver, Canada625 contributions
Just worth a walk by....we couldn’t get in.
Aug 2018 • Couples
The synagogue is located outside of the town center on the other side of the river. We walked to it one day but it was not open and so we just walked around it. Not really worth going to in my opinion,
Written September 14, 2018
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lonsic
Phuket, Thailand373 contributions
Driving holiday
Jul 2018 • Couples
There is not much of the concept of a Synagogue as it is basically a shell. The building is in very good condition but not much else. The part worth seeing is the photographic memorial of the families who lived here and were taken. The place where the Torah was kept is still there and a pictorial display of Jewish festivals and some asking what happened to their people. Worth a visit but there is a feeling of emptiness leaving here thinking what could have been.
Written July 21, 2018
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BostonSkier
Northborough, MA587 contributions
No one was home so we could not get inside
Apr 2018 • Friends
No one was home so we could not get inside. The cafe was also closed. The Synagogue was a bit hard to find as it is across the river from the main city in a very quiet section of the city..
Written June 15, 2018
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eilonglen
Ashkelon, Israel342 contributions
"Only a memory now..."
Sep 2017 • Couples
Following our long-standing tradition of visiting the historical remains of the lost Jewish communities of Europe, we naturally sought out this gem of a restored synagogue, located off the beaten path at the top of Latran Street.
Built in 1908 with the generous assistance of the prominent Spiro Family - wealthy local printing business-owners - it served the considerable Jewish community of Cesky, who were well-integrated in the affairs of the town until the occupation by the Nazis in 1938, when the entire community was exterminated in the death-camps.
The synagogue served as an American army warehouse and barracks after the War, then was generally abandoned on and off, though serving as a church for a short time. The impressive building was completely renovated in 2013 by the Prague Jewish Community, who conceived the idea of a memorial museum to the lost Jews of the town, while serving also as a reception and meeting venue for the use of the wider community. The concept is eminently successful and the accurate restoration, both inside and out, faithfully recreates the original classic design.
The impressive photo-exhibits depicted in the adjacent rooms to the sanctuary are from the camera of Joseph Seidel, who was a popular local Jewish photographer (his studio is still preserved in the Old Town, nearby) and provide an excellent photo-history of the Community and its life-style. A faithful and accurate English text of all the exhibits' labels, is added-value. The Rabbi's former quarters in the basement hosts a cosy cafe, which was closed during our visit. A nominal entry fee is levied by the cafe operator, and is a good investment for those who make the effort to trace the lost European Jewish communities.
Written October 23, 2017
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