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Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

U stareho hrbitova 243/3a | 110 00, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
+420 222 749 211
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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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U stareho hrbitova 243/3a | 110 00, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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Reviewed yesterday

This was such a moving experience and so admirable. On the synagogue's walls, and there are many walls, is recorded the details of the people from the Czech Republic [its predecessor] known to have died as a result of the holocaust. It is an emotionally...More

Thank lin4197
Reviewed yesterday

firstly, whilst appreciate the pain of the holocaust, i had limited knowledge of the persecution suffered by the communities involved, good god, it must have been terrifying, 10.000 names of the people killed are painstakingly printed on the walls, apparently 2,000 we children under 15...More

Thank PeteBrinton
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I consider this a must-see in Prague mostly because it is so sobering. The thousands of names listed are sadly impressive, but the children's drawings are heart-wrenching. It is a a grim part of history that should not be forgotten.

Thank Dianne A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I only wanted to pay my respects to the victims of the Holocaust. I didn't want a tour but wanted a few minutes of silent contemplation. It is sad that this couldn't happen without paying for the full tour. I was not alone as a...More

1  Thank Marcopolo186338
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably the most emotional of the Jewish Museum venue. To see all the names of Prague citizens who died in the holocaust on the wall is overwhelming, but no reason not to go. It really brings home the suffering and sadness of these...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The simplistic interior of the synagogue offers the perfect backdrop to the walls which document the names, birth and death dates,etc. of more than 80'000 Jews killed in different concentration camps.

Thank Brighton45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Pinkas Synagogue is within walking distance of all the riverside tourist destinations in Prague, but is incredibly moving. It's good to go early in the morning {it opens at 0900} and when my daughter and I went at this time and there were a...More

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and we will be happy to welcome you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must visit that does a superb job of commemorating the victims of Nazi rule. Once a functioning synagogue, this is now a permanent memorial that does a superb job of putting the magnitude of the holocaust for Czech and Moravian victims. It...More

Thank Glenn M
jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we will be happy to welcome you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is probably the smallest of the 4 synagogues that collectively make up the Jewish Museum, and for me at least, definitely the most moving. It is really hall of remembrance for those who perished during the war with the names, birth dates and disappearance...More

Thank GeysirGal
jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we will be happy to welcome you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing the names of the many victims of the Holocaust is very powerful. The names are written on the walls and there is a central area with the names of the concentration camps. Very somber and worth some time for reflection.

Thank Tom H
jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit, we will be happy to welcome you again.

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traveler9519
10 July 2016|
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The prayer is "El malei rachamim", a funeral prayer used by the Ashkenazi Jewish community. The chazzan recites it, for the ascension of the souls of the dead, during the funeral, going up to the grave of the departed... More
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Yes, tours with a certified guide of the Jewish Museum in Prague are available for individual visitors as well as organized groups. Guided tours in English are held daily during the museum's opening hours usually at 10.30 am... More
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