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Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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Address: U stareho hrbitova 243/3a | 110 00, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 222 749 211
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Permanent exhibition

Children's Drawings from the Terezin Ghetto

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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.

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A place that makes you wonder...remember...think and acknowledge a time passed and times coming. A MUST to see...

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Seeing the walls covered with the names of 80,000 Jews from Prague who perished during WWII was stunning. Add to that the exhibit of the children's drawings from the Terezin concentration camp and learning of its history was almost too much to endure. But to know and to endure we must so it never happens again.

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The walls of this synagogue, which also has exquisite stained glass, are covered in the names of Jewish Holocaust victims from Prague and beyond. There is a quiet background tape of names being read. The effect is overwhelming - as it should be. In one room pictures and journals drawn and written by children sent to Terezin heighten the impact... More 

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One of many historically joined synagogue, they tell the story best seeing all of them, take the time and see them all

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is very impressive. The pure amount of names on the wales is striking and it creates a very burdensome atmosphere, what is how it should be. The drawings of the kids are also very touching. I have two small points to critizes.. first, it would be nice, to have a cheper single visit option and not only the... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The prayer from the speakers is called "El malei rachamim" and it is a funeral prayer used by the Ashkenazi Jewish community. JMP with all of its objects including the Old Jewish Cemetery is a single entity, not a set of isolated monuments and exhibitions. That is why we offer combination tickets. Thank you for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This synagogue today serves as a holocaust memorial. Names of Czech Jews who became victims of the Nazi were written into the walls of the building. One of the more though-provoking exhibition are paintings drawn by children who were held in a concentration camp. The paintings portrayed the grim life in the ghetto and the camp through the eyes of... More 

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Thank you for your review. We'll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walls of this synagogue are covered with the handwritten names of all the Czech Jews that died at the hands of the Nazis. The small museum was very impactful as well, especially the pictures drawn by the children in the concentration camps - wow!

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Thank you for your review. We are glad JMP impacted you in this way and we will look forward your next visit! More 

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The Pinkas Synagogue Cemetary (part of the 6 site Jewish Museum ticket 335 CZK) is the second oldest in Prague. In the late 1950's the inside walls were adorned with just under 80,000 Jewish names of those that were taken and killed during the Holocaust. It is a simple gesture that has such power and emotion attached to it. On... More 

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The synagogue as such is not very special, but the exhibition is very good and the list of Holocaust victims is impressive.

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Thank you for your review. We are glad JMP impacted you in this way and we will look forward your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not an uplifting, feel-good activity, though there is an element of triumph and comfort if you look at it from the right perspective. I was not ready for what was inside, and even if I had known what it was, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer enormity of it. Standing a few feet from the wall,... More 

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Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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