Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Peace Be Upon You

Prayers for the Dead : Jewish Cemetery : Prague, CZ

After our private tour of Prague, followed by lunch at the Cafe de Paris and our brief visit to the Lennon Wall, we then visited the city's Jewish Quarter and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Prague. It is estimated that more than 100,000 Jews have been buried here spanning a period from the early 1400s to the late 1700s.

Here I raise my Ebenezer... : Jewish Cemetery : Prague, CZ

Just outside the cemetery walls is a museum of the history of the Jews in Prague. The building contains the handwritten names of the more than 80,000 Jews of Czechoslovakia who died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Included in the museum is a haunting exhibit of art by children who were transported to Terezín (Theresienstadt) by the Germans. The most haunting part of this exhibit are the dates under each name: the date of the child's birth; the date they produced their art piece; and the date of their death. It is the last date that is so chilling, because the dates are all the same. These children died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Photos are not allowed in the exhibit, but I highly recommend paying the entrance fee to see it, if you visit Prague. It is well worth it.

Shalom : Jewish Cemetery : Prague, CZ

עליו השלום : Jewish Cemetery : Prague, CZ

Photo copyright: Janet M Kincaid, 4/11

1 comment:

Maya said...

A most sobering afternoon.