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“A Nice Memorial”

Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
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Ranked #62 of 1,057 things to do 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.
Reviewed 24 June 2014

As with the other Jewish sites, this is an interesting part of Prague's history, but it's not really worth the steep fee to enter the sites. This includes a holocaust memorial and some pictures from children that were at a nearby camp...very sad.

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

This is a memorial to the prague Jews who died during the holocaust. Such a simple momument but the amount of names of the victims left me speachless.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2015

Thank you very much, we are very happy the Jewish Museum in Prague was so impactful and we will look forward your next visit!

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

a very old synagogue, built around 1500 was turned into a memorial to the jews that died during the WW2. on the walls you can find the names of all the jews that were killed by the nazis, a really history lesson, aroun 80.000. this happened only after the 90s when the restoration of the building was finished.

the visit to this places in included in all the tours and can be found right next to the entrance to the jewish cemetery.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2015

Thank you for your review. We´ll be pleased to welcome you again!

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