Category Archives: Report from Prague

Report from Prague | Terezin

Terezin was built in the 1780s as a fortress town in northern Bohemia. Also called Theresienstadt in German, the town was named for Hapsburg Empress Maria Theresia. But in 1941, the resident population was ousted by the Nazis, who turned … Continue reading

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Report from Prague | Finding Franz Kafka

It’s difficult to separate Franz Kafka from Prague and Prague from Franz Kafka. I’ll admit I haven’t really read his work since college when I argued with a college professor about the type of insect into which Gregor Samsa metamorphosed. … Continue reading

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Report from Prague | New Jewish Cemetery

Although I’m back in the States, I’d still like to share some of my Judaic experiences in the Czech Republic. On the Tuesday and Wednesday of my last week in Prague, I took the Metro Line A to the Želivského … Continue reading

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Report from Prague | Apology

Dear The Whole Megillah readers, I lost my Internet connection in Prague and was unable to continue blogging while there. But, I’m home now and have so much to share! Stay tuned to posts about Prague’s New Jewish Cemetery, Terezin, … Continue reading

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Report from Prague | Old Jewish Cemetery, Part 2

Symbols in the Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague Dating from the late 16th century, tombstones in Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery bear a variety of symbols. Some of these, such as the hands of the Kohanes or the pitcher of the … Continue reading

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Report from Prague | Old Jewish Cemetery, Part 1

The Old Jewish cemetery of Prague is a daunting site. About 12,000 graves in eleven layers hold the remains of Europe’s oldest existing Jewish community. The oldest grave — Avigdor Kara The oldest grave in this cemetery that abuts the … Continue reading

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Report from Prague — The Jewish Museum

Today members of our Jewish Studies class, along with a bunch of others from our Prague Summer Program, were guided through the multi-stop Jewish Museum by Dr. Tomas Kraus, executive director of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech … Continue reading

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