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Hitler’s retirement plan preserved Prague’s Jewish Quarter


The Jewish Quarter in Prague is different than the Jewish quarters around the world.

Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter, includes the heartbreakingly overcrowded cemetery and Europe’s oldest active synagogue, the strangely named Old-New Synagogue.

Hitler ordered the German Army to enter Prague on 15 March 1939 and from Prague Castle proclaimed Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate. From 1939, when the country was occupied by Nazi Germany, and during World War II, most Jews were deported and killed by the Germans. Hitler planned to retire in Prague and preserve this area as a museum to an extinguished race, leaving the architecture largely untouched as he terrorized its residents during WWII. These days, the Jewish Museum in Prague manages this collection of 6 synagogues, historical relics, and a powerful holocaust memorial.

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