This course explores Jewish life in Prague from its beginning in the tenth century to the present times, paying specific attention to five historical time periods: first arrivals in Prague, the ghetto, the Inter-War Years, the Totalitarian states (Nazis and Communism) and modern-day life.

Through seminar discussions, workshops and fieldtrips, students will examine the daily lives of the average Jew as well as those of renown in each of these respective time periods.  This course focuses on the religious, cultural and political legacy of Prague’s Jews in the midst of complicated and often difficult experiences of anti-Semitism.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Outline and explain the history of Jews in Prague from their arrival to today
  • Analysize and access primary documentation (in translation) about Jewish Prague
  • Identify the main obstacles to and primary contributions of Jews in Prague
  • Name and describe Jewish Prague’s major figures, events and movements.
  • Creatively capture course content in an artistic final project.

Course code: HIS 239

Day and time
Fall 2015 & Spring 2016
Tuesdays 14:45–17:15