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"Pinkas Synagogue ( 4 photos) = part 1." Pinkas Synagogue Tip by nicolaitan

Pinkas Synagogue, Prague: 10 reviews and 18 photos

The third stop on the Jewish Museum tour is the third oldest building in the Jewish Quarter. Originally founded by Rabbi Pinkas in the 11 Century, it was reconstructed by the wealthy Horowitz family beginning in 1535. The Horowitz family lost their influence after supporting the fraudulent Moschiach Shlomo Molko, but the synagogue remained active till the Nazi takeover in 1941. After the war, it was dedicated to the memory of the 80000 Jews from Bohemia and Moravia who perished in the Holocaust, first transferred to Terezin and then on to multiple extermination camps.

The walls are inscribed with the names of the victims, their towns, and dates of birth and death in 1 cm. letters, filling essentially all the inner walls of the building. As a memorial to those unknown, the names of the camps are written on both sides of the Holy Ark. The Communists whitewashed the walls with the pretense of repairing leaks in the building, but the very first act of Vaclav Havel as president of Czechoslovakia was to commission the rewriting of the names. It took 2 years and the synagogue was again opened in 1996 on Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day. In 2002, a flood obliterated the names which were again rewritten.

It takes the visitor only a few minutes to see this building, but the memories will last a lifetime. It so completely quantitates the Nazi evil - an unforgettable experience.

Address: Josefov
Directions: From Old-Town Square about 5min north-west.
Phone: +420-224 819 456

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 3, 2006
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