Reflection on New Years

Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
Trip End Jun 22, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, December 31, 2009

I want to precede this point by saying, we are fortunate to live in this day and age. This truly resonates after visiting this part of the world. It is an important reflection after visiting the first of landmarks that requires serious contemplation and shaking of your core, Prague's Jewish Quarter. During such times the Jewish citizens of Prague were required to live in a designated district of the town, which was later referred to as the Ghetto. The first stop on our tour is the site of the Jewish Cemetery.  In order to enter the cemetery one must enter a synagogue dedicated to all of the Prague Jews who lost their lives during the many, many decades of strife.. Various rooms are filled with small black and red print capturing the names and last known addresses of the perished people. Being that both Adam and I have our Jewish roots, we both attempted to locate possible ancestors of ours... I was able to locate one Kalman (most likely a distant relative), how humbling to see all of these names, only a fraction of all of the individuals lost during that horrifying time, not that long ago. A climb up the stairs leads to a display of drawings made by the Jewish children subject to that terrible reality. Can you picture trying to understand what is happening to you and your family through the eyes of an innocent child?
The tour lead to the extremely impressive Cemetery. Unlike other places where humans are laid to rest, this cemetery is unique as it was in high demand since it was the only one to be used by the Jews in the whole of Prague. At one point, they had to begin using the same plots for more than one body and it got quite congested and over occupied. This place is used a place of reflection and the capture of some excellent photographs to honor those who died with honor.
Several other places of worship follow-up the visit in order to capture more details of Jewish everyday life and the sequence of events over the last couple centuries.

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