Jewish History in Prague

By John Reality, Cambodia, July 2012

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The history of Jews in Prague is a vibrant and intermittently tragic one. More Jews lived in Prague than anywhere else in the world in the early 18th century, for instance, but both before and after, purges, exploitation, pogroms, atrocities and periods of expulsion plagued Jews in Czech lands off and on for centuries. At the beginning of WWII, more than 90,000 Jews called Prague home. By the end of the war, fewer than 15,000 remained in the entire country.

Today, Jewish heritage and culture has become celebrated, and Jewish heritage sites have become a major tourist draw.

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