The History of the Jews in the Czech Republic Covered in Brief Descriptive Essay by Nicky

The History of the Jews in the Czech Republic Covered in Brief
This paper is a brief history of Jews in the Czech Republic.
# 147939 | 3,357 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 12, 2011 in History (European) , History (European - World Wars) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper is a short chronicle of the Jewish people in what is now known as the Czech Republic, beginning with Jews who were given permission to come to this country in 995. The author explains that this history has been one of vacillation between tolerance and anti-Semitism. These changes are followed through the Crusades and the time after this period, when the Catholic Church had much influence in the region. World War II and the years preceding it are marked as a particularly bad time, owing to Nazi invasion and occupation. Soviet control of the region is covered, as is the present time, with a very small group of Jews enjoying relative freedom.

From the Paper:

"When the Crusades began to come to an end, the Catholic Church took control of the regions of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. This Catholic control actually led to an improvement in the daily life of most Jews, mainly because, with the end of the Crusades, there was no longer an emphasis on religious battles and the drive to convert people. However, that did not mean that the Jews were free from persecution. In the late fourteenth and fifteenth century, there was a tremendous revival of anti-Semitism. In 1389, there was a campaign of violence directed against Jews. It was also in the late fourteenth century that the Czech Republic began to spread blood libel. Blood libel refers to false accusations that Jews use human blood, usually the blood of Christian or Muslim children, in their religious rituals or foods. In response to these false rumors, many Jews were burned at the stake."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jewish Virtual Library. "Czech Republic." The Virtual Jewish History Tour. 2009. The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. 21 Apr. 2009 <>.
  • Porges. "Jewish History of the Czech Republic." All About the Porges Family. 2009. 22 Apr. 2009 <>.

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