Prague

An Illustrated Saga Of The Diaspora

Mark Podwal is once again the subject of a documentary by Czech Television. In the most recent film, the producers focused on the creative process behind the artist’s latest portfolio of works, “All This Has Come Upon Us,” a series of 42 paintings and drawings created for and displayed at the Terezin Ghetto Museum earlier this year. The works provide an illustrated history of Jewish tragedies and, according to the artist, offer “a disturbing reminder of how Europe’s extensive history of ‘Jew-Hatred’ laid the groundwork for Terezin and Auschwitz.”

Mark Podwal. “Terezin.” Courtesy of the artist

Prague’s Longtime Chief Rabbi Leaves Colorful And Controversial Legacy

08/27/2014
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When the novel “Altschul’s Method” hit the shelves in Czech bookstores this March, it was hailed as a brilliant political and psychological thriller combining elements of science fiction, alternate history and Jewish mysticism.

Rabbi Karol Sidon stepped down as Prague’s chief rabbi amid reports about his love life. Petr Balajka/Prague Jewish Community

Prague Jews Elect New Chief Rabbi

08/06/2014
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Prague — The Jewish community of Prague elected Rabbi David Peter, a native of the Czech capital, as its new chief rabbi.

A Capital Of Culture

01/14/2014
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Each year, the European Union designates two of its cities as Capitals of Culture. Lesser-explored or smaller burgs get a turn in the spotlight; more venerable destinations have the opportunity to show off what’s new. And with so much media focus on the problems of Southern Europe, it’s perhaps fitting that the EU Commission decided this year to highlight two relatively tourist-free cities from the continent’s northern tier: Umea, Sweden, and Riga, Latvia.

Scenic Riga is a European Union Capital of Culture this year and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Kaspars Garda

Golden Prague, Jewish Sites

01/03/2012
Staff Writer

The Czech Republic’s capital is known locally as Golden Prague — and the city contains its share of Jewish gems.

While the city had a Jewish population of 92,000 before World War II, today only 1,500 Jews are registered as members of Prague’s Jewish community, with another estimated 5,000 living there.

Photos By Michael Datikash
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