Pressburg and Slovakia

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The Jewish community in todays Slovakia is rather small, but many monuments of the long history of Jewish settlement in former Upper Hungary still remain to commemorate the once flourishing and vibrant Jewish community. Today there are about 3 000 Jews living in Slovakia. The monuments to Jewish Culture such as synagogues and cemeteries can be found not only in Bratislava, but also in other Slovak cities, e.g. in Nitra, Trenčín, Trnava (Tyrnau), Piešťany (Pistyan), Prešov, Košice, Žilina and many more.

The Jewish Pressburg Tour

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Bratislava/Pressburg, todays capital of Slovakia, was an important centre of Donau settlement alongside Vienna and Budapest. The Great Synagogue and most of the former Jewish quarter was demolished in 1960’s – 1970’s, but some monuments and cemeteries were preserved, including graves of Hatam Sofer and his descendants and successors Ktav Sofer and Shevet Sofer.

Kassa – Košice

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The largest city in eastern Slovakia was home for almost 12 000 Jews before World War II. Although only 2 000 Jews returned after 1945 (and most of them emigrated in following decades), Košice managed to establish and keep its Jewish community, which numbers around 250 members today. There were Orthodox and Neolog communities (and also the Status Quo and Hasidic synagogue). While the Neolog synagogue was converted to concert hall, the Orthodox synagogue serves the contemporary Jewish community.

It is possible to include the tour to nearby cities, eg. Bardejov (Bartfeld), Huncovce (Hunsdorf), Stropkov etc.

It is also possible to combine tour in eastern Slovakia with tours to Ruthenia, eastern Hungary or Galicia

 

 

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