Jewish Museum in Prague

Established in 1906, The Jewish Museum in Prague is committed to the documentation, preservation and presentation of Moravian and Bohemian Jewish cultural heritage. The institution holds 580 linear metres of archival documents, more than 2000 manuscripts and Genizah documents, close to 400 rare prints, and hundreds of thousands of photographs and digital images documenting Jewish life in Central Europe.

The Museum will, for the first time ever, systematically collect information about the Czech archival collections with relevance to the history of Jewish communities. This will include the Museum’s own material. By focusing on insufficiently studied areas of Czech Jewish history, the project hopes to inspire future research.

In 2016 the Museum has launched a new project in collaboration with the Holocaust Documentation Centre in Bratislava. It aims to conduct a survey of state archives, museums and selected Jewish communities in Slovakia, focusing on the Southern regions of the country and towns of North-Western Slovakia. In the first project of this kind in the country, the focus will be on the period from 1848 to 1938 so that sources on Jewish emancipation become widely accessible

Dr Michal Frankl, the Deputy Director and the Head of the Department of Jewish Studies and of the History of Antisemitism at the Museum, leads this Yerusha project. Michal’s research interests include modern antisemitism, refugee policy, and the Holocaust.  Among other works, he is the author of  Prag ist nunmehr antisemitisch. Tschechischer Antisemitismus am Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts (2011) and Unsichere Zuflucht. Die Tschechoslowakei und ihre Flüchtlinge aus NS-Deutschland und Österreich 1933-1938 (2012, with Kateřina Čapková). Additionally, he serves as the leader of the work package “Trans-institutional research guides“ in the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. Michal is joined by the project’s principal investigator, Jarka Vitámvásová, who works in the Archive of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Her research interests include Czech-Jewish history, WWII and the Holocaust. She is a co-author of Jihlava: Dějiny města (2009).