86 imagesA story hidden under heaven without boundaries, crossed by flocks of birds that glide over the treetops. It's hard to talk about it without telling what has been the Shoah in Bohemia and Moravia, but is perhaps even more unfair to reduce to a story of a genocide this Jewish world of merchants connecting the Baltic to the Mediterranean and rabbis who spent their nights dissecting the pages of the Talmud. Certainly the people who lived there are no longer here, but behind the shocking lists of the disappeared that fill the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague, there is still a story that unfolded through ghettos that are lumps of homes, beautiful synagogues and melancholic Beth Haim, the Houses of Life, the cemeteries where the last autumn’s winds glides on the tombstones announcing the first snow that comes from the east. Places like Třebíč Ghetto, a UNESCO World Heritage, two synagogues, an ancient cemetery and the fragile beauty of the narrow lanes. This is one of the best preserved and the largest in Europe, the first independent Jewish monument to be honoured in this manner outside of the state of Israel, a place where generations of Jews and Christians lived side by side for hundreds of years. Or The Old-New Synagogue of Prague’s Jewish Town, the oldest existant synagogue in Europe and the main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community for more than 700 years. Legend has it that its foundation stones were brought by angels from the destroyed Temple of Jerusalem “on condition” of their return upon restoration of the Temple. Another legend has it that the attic of the synagogue is home to the remains of the Golem, the artificial creature made of clay that was animated by the Rabbi Loew in order to protect the Prague community.