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Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
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Owner description: 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.
Rehovot, Israel
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“Simply a Must”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

The synagogue lies a relatively modest building, yet it is one of the most overwhelming and moving holocaust memorials I've seen. The first floor walls are covered with the names of Czech-Jewish people who died during the holocaust and seeing the amount of names is terrifying. The top floor is dedicated to an exhibition of children's drawings made in Terezin ghetto. Take the time to look at the drawings, read about the kids and about their amazing teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (who died in Auschwitz) and her method for art therapy. I was very moved by the simple yet beautiful drawings and the way they reflected the young children's thoughts and experiences during that horrible time.
The cemetery is also very moving, although macabre it is beautiful, and makes you think about the many people resting there and about the thriving Jewish community that was once in Prague.

Visited November 2013
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“A once in a lifetime experience”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

We were deeply impressed by the old jewish cemetery of Prague. It is much larger than expected and the tight tombs very well-preserved. It is the most expressive testimony of Prague's intensive jewish life and of its once flourishing community. So brutally decimated by the Germans. I have seen german tourists in the jewish quarter and I just wonder whether they truly perceive the barbarism of their parents and grand parents. Over the last two centuries this community spread with outstanding talent, F Kafka, M Brody, F Werfel, E E Kisch to cite just a few, german culture at its best. After the visit I feel like the site equals world monuments of the magnitude of a Macchu Pichu, Niagara Falls, Egyptian pyramids, Florence, Rome. We are grateful for the occasion of having been at this place

Visited November 2013
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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“Memorable visit”
Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

This was our second stop on the 'Jewish tour' and included the Jewish cemetery.

Although we opted out of the audio guide we were both moved by the number of names inscribed on the walls of the synagogue and the small exhibition of children's paintings on the first floor.

The atmosphere was augmented by the sound of a haunting cantor on the background.

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“Very well done exhibit in the synagogue”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

The synagogue was designed to help even us non- Jews understand the celebrations of their religion and the cemetery is not to be missed. I found renting the audio guide very helpful and filled with extras.

Visited October 2013
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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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“Sad”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

The names of all the Czech Jews inset in stone in the walls of the restored building brings home the horrors of the Holocaust. A worthy memorial. The whole Jewish museum is most interesting overall and a must for any tourist.

Visited October 2013
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Thank you very much, we are happy you enjoyed your visit and we´ll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague!
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