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Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
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Private Prague Full-Day Tour: Jewish Quarter and City Sights
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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.
Karlsruhe, Germany
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“don´t forget is closed on saturdays!”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

in the first floor you will find the names of all the holocaust victims that lived in Prag and in the second floor hundreds of drawings from jews kids, it is sad but also helps us refresh our memory of what happened. The cemetery is something you can´t miss. Behind the cemetery building there is a small door where you can see a preview of it.

Visited March 2014
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, 19 July 2015
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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Humbling experience”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

After going around most of the other Jewish synagogues, in reverse order from the map, we had only this and the Jewish cemetery left to see. All the other synagogues were nice to go around and see all the objects that are used in burials and ceremony's etc but they were very much non descript and it felt kind of repetitive (there are only so many Torah pointers that you can look at).This synagogue on the other hand was completely different.

Maybe I should of read a little bit about this place before walking into it, as it really did effect me, it is so shocking. Every wall is filled with names, names of the Jews that were killed by the Nazis, listed by town, surname, dob, dod and last known address. The details which are given seem to make it more real, these people lived, they had homes and families of their own.

There isn't any fancy drawings or artistic writing, it is all just very plainly written in red and black on the stark white walls. You really can't comprehend what 80,000 names looks like until you see this place, it really hits home how many people lost their lives.

Upstairs there is an art exhibit. Art drawn by the children who were imprisoned in Terezin. What more can you say on this, it is so overpowering, some even show pictures of the children and all list there dod bar a few that survived.

The cemetery shows the grave stones of some 3,000 Jews and has been used for many years, the grave stones now mainly unreadable. You learn about how they bury people sometimes six on top of each other as Jewish cemeteries can never be closed down and also that there must be a source of water there. But what got me was going from seeing the 80,000 names to seeing 3,000 graves, makes you realise the scale of death, remember the 3,000 in the cemetery died over hundreds of years the 80,000 over only a few!

Recommend to all to go and see this, makes you realise how lucky you are.

Visited February 2014
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Thank you for your review. We´ll be pleased to welcome you again!
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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“A sad but moving place”
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We visited this synagogue as part of a three hour tour of the Jewish Museum.The main part was moving as it listed the 80,000 names of all the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia that were exterminated by the Nazis in the Second World War.The other part was very interesting and sad as it showed details including photographs of Jewish children and the artwork they were encouraged to do at the Terezin concentration camp from where nearly 80,000 were deported to their deaths at Auschwitz.

Visited February 2014
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, 18 July 2015
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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San Francisco, California
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“Over-rated”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

After over whelming review, I visited the museum and the cemetery. First the ticket is way TOO expensive 300. C'mon. This should be free like the Berlin holocaust museum so everyone can learn from this tragedy, but to charge 300 almost $15 to see small amount of children's drawing and depressing cemetery. I was excited to see the kids drawings, but it's a very small collection. Not worth the money, or at least charge a small fee like 100 cz $5.

Visited January 2014
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, 17 July 2015
Thank you for your review. Limited space in the Old Jewish Cemetery, where there are 100,000 people buried there and religious and generally reverential reasons do not allow for a free entry.
The price, from our point of view, corresponds with the uniqueness of the visited sites and it is on par with the admission to other major European cultural heritage. The ticket includes several buildings including the unique exposures in most of them, you can use it for 7 days.
Regarding the children's drawings exhibited in the Pinkas Synagogue: JMP has the largest collection of children’s drawings from the period of the Shoah in the world. It contains a total of 4387 drawings by Jewish children who passed through the Terezín Ghetto during the Second World War. All the drawings were made over a short two-year period (1943–44) as part of the drawing classes taught by Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (1898–1944), one of the most outstanding female artists from the interwar avant-garde.
For spatial reasons, since JMP is a museum with exhibitions in historic areas, which significantly reduces the exposure solutions, only a part of these drawings are exhibited for the public.
Thank you for your understanding, we are looking forward your next visit.
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New York City, New York
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“Powerful combination”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

The juxtaposition of the Holocaust memorial in the synagogue and the expansive cemetery is overwhelming, but something you must experience. While the synagogue is not as haunting a space as some Holocaust memorials I've seen, the walls full of lists really drive home the scale of devastation. After walking through that, the cemetery feels like a quiet meditation.

Visited January 2014
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this review, 18 July 2015
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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