Phylacteries, Torah scrolls, amulets and various personal effects, even including shoes – all of these items were discovered by museum staff in the attics of synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia over the last few decades. The Jewish Museum in Prague is now showcasing this unique collection of 1,650 newly conserved objects as part of a project entitled Secrets in the Attic: Genizah Findings from Bohemian and Moravian Synagogues. In addition to holding thematic exhibitions directly in the regions where the objects were discovered, we are also acquainting the public with genizah material through this website, as well as via an online collection catalogue, Facebook and historypin.
Three other institutions are involved in the project, which is aimed at providing access to the cultural heritage of the Jewish community: namely, the Chrudim Regional Museum, the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen, and the Oslo-based Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities. In addition to research activities, the latter institution also focuses on education about the Holocaust, genocide, antisemitism and extremism.