Yesterday we visited the Jewish Quarter. We learned about the tragic history of Prague's Jews. They were crammed into a ghetto, exploited as moneylenders, and persecuted in all kinds of ways. We walked through the cemetery, where 12 layers of Jews were buried. It is so crowded because for several centuries, the Jewish community was limited to just one cemetery. Today it is packed with crooked tombstones. We went inside a synagogue that had the inside of its walls covered with the names of Prague's Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It was a very powerful memorial, especially when I kept seeing the surnames of some of my close Jewish friends from back home. We saw a display of artwork by some of the Jewish children who lived in the ghetto during the Holocaust and were taken prisoner to concentration camps. It was heartbreaking to see the word “survived” next to only a few of the children's drawings.
We went to a black light theater show. Black light theater uses black lights and black backgrounds to create illusions. In the dark, people dressed in black can make all these things move so they look as if they are moving on their own. The show we saw consisted of six actors. Some were visible acting characters while others were invisible and controlling the illusions. There were about six short plays. There were no words spoken. It reminded me a lot of old-time cartoons, where the characters don't talk, they are going along happily doing some sort of task, something bad happens, some obstacle is introduced, finally in the end all is resolved, and it ends happily. It was a fun one-time experience, but I probably wouldn't see black light theater again.
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