Prague: 15 Things, Part 9

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“Document evidence of World War II occupation”

We visited the Jewish Quarter and decided to visit some of the synagogues and also the Old Jewish cemetery. It was such a moving experience to see some of the walls in one of the synagogues covered entirely with the names, dates of birth and dates of death of those who were killed during WWII. What was even more upsetting was how close the dates of birth and dates of death often were; it is difficult to imagine anyone innocent being persecuted but even harder when it is young children being killed simply for their race or religion.

The Jewish cemetery was also deeply moving as there are 12,000 graves cramped into such a small space, with an estimated 100,000 burials having taken place there. The cemetery was used from around 1439 up until 1787.

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