Since April 2022, the synagogue in Luže, East Bohemia, has been hosting a panel exhibition on the history of the local Jewish community and, in particular, on finds from the Luže genizah – the largest intact genizah to have been discovered in the Czech lands. This exhibition was put together in association with the municipality of Luže and the Chrudim Regional Museum. Admission is free, and it is open on weekends from June to September. Visits can also be arranged via telephone by contacting the tourist information centre in Luže.
A display banner with a stylized ladder on the wall of the Chrudim Regional Museum attracted visitors to the Secrets in the Attic exhibition, which was held by the Jewish Museum in Prague in association with the Chrudim museum. This exhibition was the culmination of many years of joint efforts by Jewish Museum staff and museum professionals from the Chrudim region with the aim of returning, at least for a while, the genizah finds from eastern Bohemia to their place of origin. The Chrudim exhibition conveyed to the fullest extent the protective function of the genizah. It was installed in the two ground-floor rooms of the Chrudim Regional Museum. In the first room, focus was placed on the core requirement of genizah, i.e. the practice of setting aside Jewish ritual objects that contain the holy name of God, or that are associated with the performance of religious duties (mitzvot). In the second room, the attention of visitors was directed to less usual objects that are also discovered in genizot – particularly footwear, clothing, utensils, and metal objects in common use. The exhibition was accompanied by a short animation that highlighted the element of mystery associated with synagogue attics through the motif of a shoe.
In connection with the Secrets in the Attic exhibition, we have put together worksheets with the graphic designer Eva Holá for use by school pupils and adult visitors alike. If you feel like it, try filling them in – you can certainly do it without our supervision.