and Uses of Jewish Synagogues in the Czech Republic in 1989
Before 1938, there were more than 360 Jewish Synagogues in Cechach and
Moravia, the regions which make up what is now the Czech Republic.
1938-1945, the Nazis burned down 60 Synagogues.
In 1945, there were 300 Jewish Synagogues.
In 1989, there were 200 Jewish Synagogues remaining. The rest were
Uses of the Jewish Synagogue Buildings that still Remained
Standing in 1989
3 are still used as Jewish Synagogues
40 are used as Christian churches
12 are museums
15 are Cultural institutions, such as concert halls, archives, libraries,
48 are apartments
38 are for storage
Others are used for schools, administration, some are empty (such as the
Krnov Synagogue), etc.
Uses of Specific Ciy Synagogues
In Polna: used as a Jewish Museum (reconstructed in 1990s).
In Rychnov nad Kneznou: used as a Jewish Museum.
In Ledec nad Sazavou: used as a Concert Hall and Museum.
3 that are still used as Jewish Synagogues (Jubilejni Synagogue,Vysoka
4 that are used as museums (Spanelska, Maiselov, Pinkasov, Klausov synagogues).
Synagogues in Slesko County
Only 2 synagogues remain in Slesko county. One is in Krnov
and the other is in Ceskem Tesine. The Krnov synagogue is now an
historical monument, but it has no fuction right now. It is awaiting
reconstruction. The other synagogue is in Ceskem Tesine and is used
as a Cutural Center.
Present Uses of Specific Synagogues in Moravia and Slesko
There are only 50 synagogues remaining in this region, the rest were burned
down by the Nazis in WWII or they were taken down by Communist. In
Ostrava, 5 synagogues were destroyed and in Olomoucka, 1 was destroyed.
Brno: Only have 1 synagogue, which is still in use as Jewish Synagogue
Milulov: Concert Hall and Muzeum
Novy Jicin: Archives
Hranice na Moravia: City Gallery (was reconstructed during the 1990s)
Lipnik nad Becvou: Some sort of Church
Prerov: Some sort of Church
Holesov: Regional Jewish Museum
Prostejov: Some sort of Church
Rousinov: Some sort of Church
Veseli nad Moravou: Storage
Trebic: Some sort of Church; Concert Hall; Gallery & Museum.
Velke Mezirici: New synagogue; Museum about Jewish history; storage.
Trest: Some sort of Church
Batelov: Garden Club
Boskovice: Concert hall and Regional Museum
Lostice: Music School
Ivanovice na Hane: Some sort of Church
Vyskov: Some sort of Church
Uherske Hradiste: City Library
Straznice: Concert Hall
Slavkov: Muzeum Archives (reconstructed 1994-1998)
Dolni Kounice: Reconstructed as a Museum, etc.
Kojetin: Some sort of Church
Jevicko: Some sort of Church
The Jewish Community in Prague is financially sound and has been helping
Jews in surrounding communities with preservation of their local synagogues!
Please note: The spelling of towns and regions were taken
directly from the documents donated by Ing. Jan Stejskal. I have
not tried to check for their accuracy or their present or past names and
Information supplied and donated by Ing. Jan Stejskal, President of
the Krnov Synagogue Community Group. This information was translated
by Daniela Kutra and edited by Melody Katz. Please note:
there may be errors in translation and spelling!
Copyright © 2001 Melody Katz
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