Jewish Heritage and History in Central Europe

Czech Republic

The Jewish Quarter in Prague is home to a number of buildings that have their own stories to tell when it comes to the history of Prague, not least the neighborhood’s six synagogues. The confusingly named Old-New Synagogue is not just the oldest in the Jewish Quarter; it is also the oldest active synagogue in Europe. Legend has it that the body of the fabled Golem lies in its attic, the folkloric monster lying in wait until it is needed to save Prague’s Jews once again.

As famous as the Old-New Synagogue is Pinkas Synagogue, the second oldest in the city and now home to a poignant memorial to the lives lost during the Holocaust. That memorial is said to be the longest epitaph…