Prague, Czech Republic – June 18, 2013

Prague is a magnificent city that for the most part survived World War II without much damage.  The pre-war city, with its medieval churches, castle, Saint Charles Bridge, and town squares, are intact today.  But, what struck me the most was a sculpture dedicated to the victims of communism, by Olbram Zoubek.

The Czech people endured six years under the Nazi regime and then forty-four successive years of Soviet  communism.  Just has the human soul was fractured and diminished under oppression, the process has also worked in reverse, as today's Czech people live in their own thriving democracy.  They are a living testament to the resilience of the human spirt.

The Czech people endured six years under the Nazi regime and successively forty-four years of Soviet communism. Just as the human soul was fractured and diminished under oppression, the process has also worked in reverse as today’s Czech people have their own thriving democracy. They are a living testament to the resilience of the human spirt.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Here is the graveyard of the medieval Jewish ghetto in Prague.  Before the Nazi take-over of Czech lands in 1939, the Jewish population was around 120,000.  All were deported to the death camps.  After the war, only 10,000 returned.

Here is the graveyard of the medieval Jewish ghetto in Prague. Before the Nazi take-over of Czech lands in 1939 the Jewish population was around 120,000. All were deported to the death camps. After the war, only 10,000 returned.

A walk through the medieval Prague.

A stroll through medieval Prague.

 

 

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About Jeff Lowdermilk

I have traveled to Europe several times over the last few years to follow my grandfather's path as detailed in his World War I diary. My grandfather was an American Infantryman who survived the war. This has been an adventurous journey of self-exploration. The friends I have made along the way and experiences gained have greatly enriched my life

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  1. Tom

    I have heard that Prague is a beautiful city having a somewhat feminine nature. I’m enjoying your travels and experiences.

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