Jewish Museum In Prague
Explore the Jewish history at Jewish Museum in Prague
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Jewish Museum, Prague (Czech Republic)
Housing one of the largest collections of Judaica in the world, Jewish Museum in Prague is extremely popular. The Jewish Museum stands as testament and reminder of the atrocities committed on the Jewish community during the Second World War. It was on the suggestion of a Jewish employee that the building was used to store the confiscated possessions of the Jewish population. It houses some of the last possessions of the 80,000 Jewish people of Czechoslovakia. The museum is split into different synagogues with the building itself previously being a Spanish synagogue.
History of Jewish Museum
With over 40,000 objects and 100,000 books, the museum, founded in 1906, holds a lot of information about Czech and Moravian Jewish history. The museum was used by Nazis during the Second World War for storing the possessions of Jewish community. Since, there was no one to claim the possessions left, they are now deemed to be valuable works of art by the Nazis. These objects were preserved in the museum as a remnant of the holocaust. The possession of the buildings used by the museum and the old Jewish cemetery was returned to the Jewish community of Prague in 1994 after what was called the Velvet revolution. The buildings received significant damage during the 2002 floods but not a singular collection was damaged.
Attractions of Jewish Museum
The entrance to Jewish Museum offers an amazing opportunity to its visitors to explore all the major galleries and cemeteries that are a delight to history enthusiasts. With the entrance ticket of Jewish Museum, people can Maisel Synagogue- which exhibits the history of Jews dating back to the 10th century; Pinkas Synagogue- a memorial with around 80,000 names of Jewish victims inscribed in it; Klausen Synagogue- which houses a permanent exhibition, called ‘Jewish Customs and Traditions’; Spanish Synagogue- which exhibits the past details about the Czech and Moravian Jews dating back to the 18th century; and Jewsih Ceremonial Hall- which again houses the second part of the ‘Jewsih Customs and Traditions’ exhibition.
Besides that, one can also explore the Old Jewish Cemetery and Robert Guttmann Gallery to dig deeper into the history of Jewish life.
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The Jewish Museum Prague was founded by Dr. Hugo Lieben and Dr. Augustin Stein.
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