Monday, December 28, 2009

Prague- The Golden City

Home to emperors and kings, artists and astronomers, this beautiful and fascinating city has worked its magic on generations of visitors and lent inspiration to musicians and writers. Jews have lived here since the 11th century.

Stifled by communism for 40 years, Prague has returned to the capitalist fold to become one of Europe's most popular destinations. Largely undamaged by World War II, its cityscape offers a smorgasbord of stunning architecture. Behind the elegance and charm lies the prejudice and Bohemian sensibility that allowed for intermittent anti-semitism throughout the ages and during the war

55, 000 Jews lived in Prague at the outbreak of the war. 2/3 of them were killed. Prague has a tarnished golden history as far as I am concerned. More about that in the next post.

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