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Jewish & Other Sights in Czech Republic in 6 DAYS

6 day round trip

Order Tour Code: PAC 19
Tour availability: Tour available in summer season Tour available in winter season

Day 1
Prague – seeing the crypt of the church where the paratroopers that shot Reynhard Heidrich were hidden, click on: Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich and Its Consequenses
Lidice – memorial of a village massacred by the Nazis click on: Lidice Village - Memorial of WW2
Panenske Brezany – a village , where R. Heydrich lived
Terezin concentration camp click on: Terezin WW2 memorial - concentration camp
Kolin - Jewish Quarter - click on country tours click on: Kolin town ,
Kutna Hora – seeing the town (UNESCO), overnight, click on: Kutna Hora medieval town

Day 2
Golcuv Jenikov, Hermanuv Mestec Jewish Quarters and Drevikov Jeiwsh Village click on: Jewish Quarters in Golcuv Jenikov and Hermanuv Mestec and Drevikov

Polna Jewish Quarter click on: Jewish Quarter in Polna

Trest - Synagogue and Jewish Cemtery click on: Trest - Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery

and Trebic medieval Jewish Quarters click on: Trebic medieval ghetto protected by UNESCO and basilica overnight

Day 3
Trebic (UNESCO) - seeing the Jewish quarter Polna and Trebic medieval Jewish Quarters click on: Trebic medieval ghetto protected by UNESCO and basilica
Mikulov click on: Mikulov
overnight in Mikulov

Day 4
Brno click on: Brno
Kromeriz click on: Kromeriz country trip
overnight in Kromeriz

Day 5
Seeing Kromeriz click on: Kromeriz country trip
Boskovice click on: Boskovice
Svitavy – birth place of Oscar Schindler
overnight in Olomouc click on: Olomouc country trip


Day 6
Seeing Olomouc click on: Olomouc country trip

Drevikov village - is a part of an extensive open-air museum of folk architecture Jewish Quarters in Golcuv Jenikov and Hermanuv Mestec and Drevikov
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Day 1
The tour starts in Prague – seeing the crypt of the church where the paratroopers that shot Reynhard Heidrich were hidden by the priests , passing the place where Heydrich was shot
Lidice – memorial of a village massacred by the Nazis in 1942 as the revanche for the Heydrich´s assessination
Panenské Bøežany – a village , where R. Heydrich lived , a large group of Jewish prisoners ( 54 of them died later in concentration camps ) was working in 1942-43 at the country estate of Reinhard Heydrich
Terezin – , country trip 15 Memorial tablets to be found on some buildings in the town ,e.g. on No. 84 – a Hebrew inscription has been preserved in the attic of a former prayer room , No. 215 – the inmates rehearsed Verdi´s Requiem and Smetana´s The Bartered Bride in the cellar, etc..
Jews resided here as early as the 14th century . In the first half of the 19th century there lived 313 lived there and in 1854 1700 persons. The number of jews dropped in the following years , only 430 persons are recorded in 1930. 2,202 persons were deported to terezin from Kolin and its vicinity in 1942 and only about 105 survived the Nazi occupation . The Kolin J. community gave birth to many significant personalities in the field of culture, politics and economics, e.g. Bernard Illowy ( died in 1971 in Cincinnati ) ,a prominent Orthodox Rabbi in the USA , Otokar Fischer, a Czech-Jewish poet and literary historian , members of Petschek family , well-known bankers. A part of the former Jewish ghetto survived The synagogue survived . The chandelier and a part of the furnishing are kept today in Temple Emmanuel in Denver , USA. The old cemeterycan be open on request in the Regional museum .The earliest preserved tombstones date from the 1st half of the 15th century, burials until 1887. there is buried the son of the Prague Rabbi Jehhuda ben Becalel, there are over 2600 tombstones . There was founded also the second oldets chevra kadischa . The new Jewish cemetery – still used .
Kutna Hora – seeing the town (UNESCO), overnight

Day 2
Caslav When the Jews granted the civic equality under law in the middle 19th century, Jews from the neighbouring villages started to move there. The congregation numbered 119 in 1930 and ceased exist after World War II. The film director Milos Forman , resident in Hollywood at present was born here . The synagogue is used as the gallery .
Golcuv Jenikov The Jewish quarter was fairly extensive from the S of the square to the W , most probably with a medieval core . It was not compact ghetto, Christian houses were scattered among the Jewish houses. Most of the Jewish quarter has survived up to present . remains of a ritual bath are preserved in the basement of the former school. The synagogue is in the centre of the Jewish quarter . It was built in the moorish-Romanesque style in 1870 on the foundations pf an earlier synagogue . Since 1977 it has served as a depository of the State Jewish Museum. The aron ha-kodesh has been preserved .
Havlickuv Brod – village Lipa Village Lipa – a Jewish detention work camp was set up in 1940 and closed in 1943 ( the prisoners were sent to Auschwitz ) – a memorial tablet from 1985 .
Polna Jewish Ghetto In a small old medieval town survived the Jewish ghetto that was founded in 1681 . The Jewish quarter makes 32 houses with the synagogue from the year 1684 . The ghetto survived also its original triangle basis . The famous American actress and singer Barbara Streissand planned to make the movie Yentl here. The Jewish Cemetery – is situated 700 m from the city center . It was expanded several times since the 16th century . The cemetery is being kept by the group of independent enthusiastic people from the near towns .

Seeing Trebic(UNESCO)

Day 3
UNESCO protected - an extensive Jewish quarter survived here . It consisted of two main streets with many narrow crosswise streets and two synagogues , 18 Jewish houses are recorded in 1556 , 110 two-storeay houses before the mid.-19th cent., later on the number of houses incresed . The exact time of the ghetto´s foundation is not known but its construction had to adhere to builkding plans issued by the lordship in the 16th century. Trebic Jewish Ghetto – one of the oldest Jewish settlements was a naturally-evolving urban structure , complete with every element typical of a Jewish ghetto - maximum use of the available space made further evolution of its buildings impossible. There were built a town hall , rabbinate , school, hospital, poorhouse , etc. – together 123 numbered houses aside from two synagogues . It is the best preserved original Jewish quarter in Europa protected by UNESCO . The Jewish Cemetery – today it is one of the biggest cemeteries of its kind in the Central Europa , with the area 11772 sq. metres. It is enclosed by massive walls , contains around 11 thousand graves , and nearly three thousand gravestones , the oldest of which dates from 1625
The first records date from 1560, there were 32 houses in Mikulov in Jewish ownership. 620 jewish families were granted permission to reside in Mikulov in the end of the 18th century . In 1948 members of the Czechoslovak voluntary brigade were concentrated in Mikulov before leaving for Israel .Some of the houses of an extensive 15th century ghetto survived , also the Old Synagogue and cemetery.
overnight in Mikulov

Day 4 Brno In 1930 its Jewish population stood at 10,202 persons , about 8,400 persons perished during the Nazi occupation. It is possible to see the cemetery and the synagogue . We recommend to see the vial Tugendhat protected by UNESCO.
On the way to Holesov it is possible to stop in Ivancice - A transit camp was set up here in 1938-1939 fro Jewish refugees from the border areas annexed by Germany. Kojetín - is another possible stop - the ghetto used to exiust in the mid-16th century in a curved street between the square and the western walls, consisting about 50 houses, the synagogue ( a ceramic ritual lavabo - kijor - has been walled over in the vaulted anteroom - today used as a columbarium - and the cemetery survived . Rousinov An extensive Jewish quarter used to be South of the main square , the Jewish houses were built north , west and south of the original core , surrounding the synagogue. All the houses in the W half of the main square were in Jewish ownershipby 1726 , surrounding the Catholic church from three sides . This fact is said to have brought Emperor Charles VI to issue an order in 1727 according to which ghettos were to be established in all towns and villages hitherto not existed , nevertheless , an enclosed ghetto was not established in Rousinov and Jewish families were permitted to stay in the houses on the main square .
Holesov An extensive ghetto consisting of about 50 houses in 4 streets used to exist in the NW part of the town. A greater part of the ghetto has survived , rural type one-storey houses from the 18th century and a two-storey school , a Renaissance Shakh synagogue is a museum with a permanent exhibition "The Hostiry of Jewry in Moravia ".
Kromeriz UNESCO protects this town. A part of Jewish quarter survived , the former Jewish town hall houses the district cultural center, the cemetery survived. overnight in Kromeriz

Day 5
Seeing Kromeriz
Brnenec Oscar Schindler had the factory during WW2 here .
Boskovice The synagogue from 1639 was restored in 2002 - possible to see, there were discovered original wall paintings .
Svitavy – birthplace of Oscar Schindler Seeing the exhibition on him in the town museum .
overnight in Olomouc

Day 6
Seeing Olomouc
Town is protected by UNESCO. Jews lived on the territory of Olomouc most probably as early as the 11th cent.In 1454 they were expelled and the synagogue together with the cemetery ceased to exist. jews began to settle in Olomouc after 1848. The religious congregation was reestablished after WW 2 and changed into a synagogue group in 1961. Gustav Mahler was a conductor of the Olomouc Theatre Orchestra in 1882-83.

Drevikov village It is a part of an extensive open-air museum of folk art , which includes several other villages in the neighbourhood . Small village in Bohemia , where in the mid-18th century so many Jewish families settled that they fromed an overwhelming majority of its inhabitants. The village had a total of 30 Jewish families in the mid-19th cent., but towards the end of the century the community numbered only 20 persons of the Jewsih faith and the remaining Jewish families migratedto towns before 1930 . The Jewish street , dating from the mid-18th century , leads eastwards from the village green. The houses are mostly small one-storey buildings with no outbuildings since Jewish did not engage in farming but mostly earned their living by trading. moreover , Jewish were not free to build the houses so they had to enlarge the floor space by an additional storey . The former Jewish school has been preserved. The synagogue was built in the mid-18th century , later it was converted into a dwelling house.The cemetery was restored in the 1970s and fragments of damaged Baroque tombstones have been embedded in the walls of the former mortuary.
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