Object of the month


August 2015

Photograph of Rabbi Gustav Sicher

On the 21st of August 2015 we will be commemorating the 135th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Sicher (1880-1960), one of the most prominent Czech rabbis of the twentieth century. He was born in the town of Klatovy, western Bohemia, the son...

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July 2015

Photo of Stefan Baretzki during a selection on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, spring 1944

The Auschwitz Album is a unique set of photographs that documents the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in the spring of 1944. The photographs depict the arrival, selection and processing of the so-called “Hungarian Transports” that came to...

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June 2015

Ilona Singer-Weinberger: Girl with Forsythia

The beginning of June 2015 marks 110 years since the birth of painter Ilona Singer. During her short life, tragically ended in an Auschwitz gas chamber, she managed to attract the attention of a small circle of admirers and supporters of...

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May 2015

A Letter from Eliška/Líza Margoliusová addressed to Josefa and Vilém Kopřiva after the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Thirteen-year-old Eliška/Líza Margoliusová was deported from Prague on 17th December 1941 to the Theresienstadt Ghetto, together with her parents and her younger sister, Helena, on a deportation train designated with the letter N.  The family...

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April 2015

Torah shield donated by Lämel of Tuschkau

This month marks the 170th anniversary of the death of the wholesale merchant and banker Simon von Lämel, who was born in the west Bohemian town of Město Touškov (German: Tuschkau) on the 28th of August 1766. The son of a wool merchant, he took...

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February 2015

Photograph of a map showing the main transit routes for Jewish refugees travelling from Poland via Czechoslovak territory

The end of the Second World War did not put an end to the armed conflicts and murders. In Poland a civil war was raging between the Soviet-imposed Communist government and the anti-Communists. Ukrainian nationalist units and various criminal...

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January 2015

Suitcase with a secret compartment

One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Jewish Museum in Prague is a suitcase that tellingly documents the fate that befell members of the Jewish community in 1950s Czechoslovakia.  
 
This suitcase belonged to Evžen...

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December 2014

Album of photographs from the refugee camp in Německý Brod (now Havlíčkův Brod)

During the First World War, hundreds of thousands of people fled from areas near the front lines to the inner regions of the Habsburg monarchy. They abandoned their homes out of fear of the approaching front, fighting, pillaging, rape and lack...

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November 2014

Hilde Pollak (Vienna, November 2, 1874 – Treblinka, October 19, 1942): Expressionen I-XII, c. 1920

Hilde (Hildegarda) Pollak was born November 2, 1874, in Vienna. Her parents were Max Kontányi and his wife Henriette (Czech var. Jindřiška), née Deutsch. All that is known about here life and work to date comes from bits of unpublished...

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